Why Use A Mobile Notary?

By: Scott Krager

Why Use A Mobile Notary?

You're at the airport ready to send your kids overseas with their grandparents. Everything is going great until you reach the counter and the airline asks for a notarized document allowing your children to go outside the US without their parents.

"What?" you ask.

You never know when you'll need a notary public. While most banks have notaries on staff, they are only available when the bank is open. Often the need arises to have a document notarized after normal business hours. Enter the traveling notary public, or mobile notary.

What does a mobile notary do?

A mobile notary travels around his or her local area notarizing documents ranging from adoption papers to wills to home equity lines of credit. Many common legal documents must be signed in front of a notary public. Mobile notaries make a living by charging a fee (usually based on distance and type of document) to come to the clients location to notarize the document.

Where can I find a mobile notary

An easy way to find a mobile notary in your city is to do a simple Google search for the you city name and "notary". You can also find multiple mobile notary directories online as well. Most notaries are available 24 hours a day, or can at least refer you to another available notary if they are booked.

How much will a mobile notary charge?

The biggest factor in determining a fee is the distance the notary must travel to get to you. The second biggest factor is what type of document needs notarized. For example, a loan signing may take up to an hour to complete, with many documents needing notarized. Fees will be higher for this type of transaction. A simple one page document on the other hand may only take a few minutes to finish, and thus the fee will be much lower. The time of day may also affect the fee as well. Make sure and get a fee quote from the notary before they arrive so you can have a check or cash ready.

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