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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 charged with verifying the signer's identity, 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 classified as an acknowledgment, 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 $1.00 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 document's statements are true. If a person takes an oath or affirmation relating 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 $1.00 and $15, 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 $1.00 and $15, 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$1039,613,500
Washington$10$10$107,796,940
South Dakota$10$10$10896,581
Oregon$10$10$104,289,440
New Hampshire$10$10$101,372,200
Montana$10$10$101,085,000
Michigan$10$10$109,992,430
Florida$10$10$1021,944,600
Texas$6$6$629,730,300
Wyoming$5$5$5581,075
Wisconsin$5$5$55,852,490
West Virginia$5$5$51,767,860
Virginia$5$5$58,603,980
Utah$5$5$53,310,770
South Carolina$5$5$55,277,830
Pennsylvania$5$5$512,804,100
Oklahoma$5$5$53,990,440
North Dakota$5$5$5770,026
North Carolina$5$5$510,701,000
New Mexico$5$5$52,105,000
Nevada$5$5$2.503,185,790
Nebraska$5$2$21,952,000
Mississippi$5$5$52,966,410
Minnesota$5$5$55,706,400
Hawaii$5$5$51,406,430
Delaware$5$5$5990,334
Connecticut$5$5$53,552,820
Colorado$5$5$55,893,630
Arkansas$5$5$53,033,950
Alabama$5$5$54,934,190
Maryland$4$4$46,065,440
New Jersey$2.50$2.50$2.508,874,520
Ohio$2$1.50$211,714,600
New York$2$2$219,300,000
Missouri$2$2$16,169,040
Indiana$2$2$26,805,660
Idaho$2$2$21,860,120
Georgia$2$2$210,830,000
Arizona$2$2$27,520,100
Rhode Island$1$0.25$0.251,061,510
Illinois$1$1$112,569,300
Vermont$0.50$0.50$0.50623,251
Tennessee---6,944,260
Massachusetts---6,912,240
Maine---1,354,520
Louisiana---4,627,000
Kentucky---4,480,710
Kansas---2,917,220
Iowa---3,167,970
Alaska---724,357

Notary Fees by State 2021