Notarizing for the General Public
Cash and all major credit cards are accepted for payment. Checks accepted at notary's discretion.
Available to the General Public in the Fresno, CA metropolitan area.
Costs: Please view notary fees below.
A California Mobile Notary Public can do notarizations from anywhere within California (no matter where he/she resides), for people from anywhere around the globe, but the identifying process is strict, and only certain documents can be used. Discuss this with the notary when you make your appointment to be sure you have what's required.
Sample list of documents frequently notarized :
- Power of Attorney
- Certified Copies of Power of Attorney
- Advance Health Care Directive
- Parent’s consent to travel forms
- Bank documents
- Insurance documents
- Trust documents
- Beneficiary Change Forms
- Plus much more
It is illegal for a notary to provide legal advice or to prepare or complete documents for a signer, however, Across Town Notary's principal (Julie) is a certified Legal Document Assistant (LDA).
Legal Document Assistants were once commonly known as Independent Paralegals. Effective January 1, 2000, these non-lawyers, are now officially known as Legal Document Assistants (LDAs). LDAs often have the same educational background as a paralegal and are REQUIRED by law to be registered and bonded in the county in which they have their principal place of business.
Our in-house LDA may be able to help California residents with preparation of the following documents (sample list):
- Advance Health Care Directives
- Powers of Attorney
- Trust Amendments
- Property Deeds
- Rental Agreements
- Unlawful Detainer
- Civil Answers
- Discovery Responses and Requests
- Judicial Council Forms
- Nullity and Legal Separation
- Custody, Support, and Visitation Orders
- Restraining Orders
- Guardianships and Adoptions
- Name Changes
- Court Filings and Process Service
What is a mobile notary? What is a notarization?
A notary in California is a public officer, commissioned by the Secretary of State of California to provide notarization services, and must be a person of integrity and pass a background check. Notaries also are required to file a bond within their county, and carry Errors and Omissions Insurance.
A notarization is the act of completing a state-approved certificate that means the notary has identified the signer to be who they say they are. The notary does not verify or validate the accuracy of the contents of the document, only the signer.
Mobile Notary Fees for Travel Time
There are no restrictions on what a California Mobile Notary may charge for travel. In addition, it is common to charge extra for late night or very early morning signings (known as a convenience fee).
Notary Fees (credit card, cash accepted)
Notary costs are made up of several elements. Maximum rates for notarizations are mandated by California law. However, this doesn't take into consideration the costs of travel; the state allows notaries to charge extra for their travel time. Additional convenience fees may apply if the client requests an unusual or exceptionally late time of day to meet due to their work schedule or other reasons. California law allows notaries to charge up to $15 per notarized signature.
- $15 per notarized signature
- Travel and Convenience Fees will be estimated and stated when you make your appointment
- Wait time after 10 minutes is $1/minute - at notary's discretion (typically for senior living facilities or jail signings)
Example: a husband and wife both need to sign a document that requires a notarized signature in two locations, and an un-notarized signature in one location. The total would be 4 notarized signatures, which would be $60, plus any travel/convenience fees.
Notaries are not attorneys and therefore, by law, cannot explain or interpret the contents of any document for clients, instruct them on how to complete a document, or direct them on the advisability of signing a particular document. By doing so, the Notary would engage in the “unauthorized practice of law” and could face legal penalties including losing their commission, fines, and jail time.