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Hotline Tip: Can I Charge A Travel Fee?

May I charge a separate travel fee aside from the fee for notarizing documents? — K.S., Florissant, MO

A Missouri Notary traveling to perform a notarial act may charge a travel fee of not more than the approved federal mileage rate (currently .56 cents per mile) and an expedited convenience fee of no more than $25.00. Such fees may be charged only if Notary and signer agree BEFOREHAND on the amount to be charged. The Notary must explain that a travel fee is separate from the notarial fees (RSMo 486.350). Technically, the law says the Notary and signer must agree on the fee prior to the Notary affixing his or her seal on the document. However, the NNA recommends that the Notary obtain agreement on the travel fee with the signer on the phone before making the trip.

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes.– The Editors

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Quiz: The Many Types Of Notarial Acts

Notaries perform many different duties for the public — and it’s easy to lose track of the different acts and what states they’re authorized in. Test your familiarity with common — and uncommon — notarial acts.

(A link to the correct answers is provided at the end of the quiz.)

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