For notary public in California, the new law fees will finally be increased for the first time in over 20 years. Before this new law comes into effect, it is a good idea to be informed and prepare yourself for the changes that are happening. Don’t let your excitement get the better of you just yet, take a look at some important details to keep in mind.
The new law that will come into effect raises California’s maximum notary fees to $15. What you need to watch out for is that for the majority of notarizations this does not start until January 1, 2017. Many reports have already come up of notary public charging higher fees now. Remember, from now until January 1 a notary public must only charge the current maximum fee of $10 for each acknowledgment.
In case you might be wondering, your immigration service fees are also going up. Currently, the fee for immigration consultants for entering information on immigration forms is $10 for each individual and each set of forms. The new fee will also be $15. Keep in mind that any notary that provides immigration services must register and post an $100,000 bond with the secretary of state before they can begin working. Continuing, if you are not an attorney you MAY NOT advise clients regarding their immigration status or forms that they will need even if you are registered or bonded as an immigration consultant.
If you have advertised your services and have posted them, you will need to update them starting January 1 to reflect the new fee changes. If you advertised your services in foreign languages, you should post notices in English and the foreign language to include California’s statutory maximum Notary fees.