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Notary Fees By State 2021

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. The cost of a notarization depends on the state you're in and whether it is classfiied as a acknowledgement, jurat, or oath/affirmation.

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 2021

States with all zero values are states where notaries set their own rates.
State Acknowledgments Jurats Verbal Oath 2021 Pop.
California$15$10$1039,613,493
Washington$10$10$107,796,941
South Dakota$10$10$10896,581
Oregon$10$10$104,289,439
New Hampshire$10$10$101,372,203
Montana$10$10$101,085,004
Michigan$10$10$109,992,427
Florida$10$10$1021,944,577
Texas$6$6$629,730,311
Wyoming$5$5$5581,075
Wisconsin$5$5$55,852,490
West Virginia$5$5$51,767,859
Virginia$5$5$58,603,985
Utah$5$5$53,310,774
South Carolina$5$5$55,277,830
Pennsylvania$5$5$512,804,123
Oklahoma$5$5$53,990,443
North Dakota$5$5$5770,026
North Carolina$5$5$510,701,022
New Mexico$5$5$52,105,005
Nevada$5$5$2.503,185,786
Nebraska$5$2$21,951,996
Mississippi$5$5$52,966,407
Minnesota$5$5$55,706,398
Hawaii$5$5$51,406,430
Delaware$5$5$5990,334
Connecticut$5$5$53,552,821
Colorado$5$5$55,893,634
Arkansas$5$5$53,033,946
Alabama$5$5$54,934,193
Maryland$4$4$46,065,436
New Jersey$2.50$2.50$2.508,874,520
Ohio$2$1.50$211,714,618
New York$2$2$219,299,981
Missouri$2$2$16,169,038
Indiana$2$2$26,805,663
Idaho$2$2$21,860,123
Georgia$2$2$210,830,007
Arizona$2$2$27,520,103
Rhode Island$1$0.25$0.251,061,509
Illinois$1$1$112,569,321
Vermont$0.50$0.50$0.50623,251
Tennessee---6,944,260
Massachusetts---6,912,239
Maine---1,354,522
Louisiana---4,627,002
Kentucky---4,480,713
Kansas---2,917,224
Iowa---3,167,974
Alaska---724,357

Notary Fees By State 2021