Notary Fees By State 2020

Notarization is the official fraud-deterrent process that assures all parties of a transaction that a document is authentic.

A notarization is done by a Notary Public, who performs three steps to notarize a document: vetting, certifying, and record keeping. A notary public is a commissioned representative who is charged with verifying the identity of the signer, confirms that the signer signs under his or her own free will, and witnesses the signing event. A notary’s screening helps prevent private citizens from having property stolen by identity thieves, forgers, or others who might exploit the vulnerable.

Many documents and legal forms require a notarization. These include articles of incorporation, vendor contracts, loan agreements, commercial leases, wills, trusts, power of attorney, court documents, and many others.

Types of Notarizations

Acknowledgments

The purpose of an acknowledgment is for the signer, who has been positively identified at the time of notarization, to declare that the signature on the document is his or her own signature, that he or she has willingly signed the document, and that he or she agrees to all of the provisions in the document. Acknowledgments are typically performed on documents controlling or conveying ownership of valuable assets such as property.

Acknowledgments cost anywhere between $0.50 and $15, depending on the state you’re in.

Jurats

During a jurat, the signer must appear in person to sign the document and recite an oath or affirmation confirming that the statements in the document are true. If a person takes an oath or affirmation related to an official proceeding and fails to be truthful, he or she may be prosecuted for perjury. Jurats are typically performed on evidentiary documents related to the justice system.

Jurats can cost between $0.25 and $10 depending on the state you’re in.

Oaths and Affirmations

Oaths and affirmations are both notarial acts that compel a person to tell the truth and has he or she essentially promise that they are and/or will tell the truth. An oath is a solemn promise spoken to God or a Supreme Being. An affirmation is a spoken pledge made on the signer’s personal honor instead of referencing a higher power. Those who take an oath or affirmation promise to tell the truth under penalty of perjury, which can result in serious legal consequences.

Verbal oaths and affirmations cost between $0.25 and $10 depending on the state.

Below is the cost of acknowledgments, jurats, and verbal oaths/affirmations in every state. States with slots left blank indicates that notaries set their own rates.

Notary Fees By State 2020

States with all zero values are states where notaries set their own rates.
State Acknowledgments Jurats Verbal Oath 2020 Pop.
California$15$10$1039,937,500
Washington$10$10$107,797,100
South Dakota$10$10$10903,027
Oregon$10$10$104,301,090
New Hampshire$10$10$101,371,250
Montana$10$10$101,086,760
Michigan$10$10$1010,045,000
Florida$10$10$1021,993,000
Texas$6$6$629,472,300
Wyoming$5$5$5567,025
Wisconsin$5$5$55,851,750
West Virginia$5$5$51,778,070
Virginia$5$5$58,626,210
Utah$5$5$53,282,120
South Carolina$5$5$55,210,100
Pennsylvania$5$5$512,820,900
Oklahoma$5$5$53,954,820
North Dakota$5$5$5761,723
North Carolina$5$5$510,611,900
New Mexico$5$5$52,096,640
Nevada$5$5$2.53,139,660
Nebraska$5$2$21,952,570
Mississippi$5$5$52,989,260
Minnesota$5$5$55,700,670
Hawaii$5$5$51,412,690
District of Columbia$5$5$5720,687
Delaware$5$5$5982,895
Connecticut$5$5$53,563,080
Colorado$5$5$55,845,530
Arkansas$5$5$53,039,000
Alabama$5$5$54,908,620
Maryland$4$4$46,083,120
New Jersey$2.5$2.5$2.58,936,570
Ohio$2$1.5$211,747,700
New York$2$2$219,440,500
Missouri$2$2$16,169,270
Indiana$2$2$26,745,350
Idaho$2$2$21,826,160
Georgia$2$2$210,736,100
Arizona$2$2$27,378,490
Rhode Island$1$0.25$0.251,056,160
Illinois$1$1$112,659,700
Vermont$0.5$0.5$0.5628,061
Tennessee---6,897,580
Massachusetts---6,976,600
Maine---1,345,790
Louisiana---4,645,180
Kentucky---4,499,690
Kansas---2,910,360
Iowa---3,179,850
Alaska---734,002