Where Can I Find A Free Notary Public?

Jan 19, 2024 | Notarization, Prenuptial Agreements

At some point in life, most people will require notarization services for official paperwork, such as a prenup or a marriage certificate. However, the process of finding a Notary Public, plus the associated costs, may seem daunting to some folks. In this guide, we will explore the world of notarization, Notary Publics, and the costs associated, and provide tips on how to find notarization for free. 

 

What is notarization?

Notarization is the process of having a qualified individual, known as a Notary Public, verify the authenticity of a document, confirm the identity of the involved signers, and make sure they know which document they are signing. The process typically involves the people signing the document to appear in front of the notary and provide proper identification. The notary adds their signature, seal, and a notarial certificate to the document, indicating that it has been properly executed. However, nowadays, you can actually get most documents notarized online with a virtual Notary Public. 

 

What is a Notary Public?

A Notary Public is an official appointed by the state to witness the signing of important documents, such as prenups. Their main role is to prevent fraud by ensuring that the people signing the documents are who they claim to be and aren’t being forced to sign the document. Notaries should be impartial to the people signing their documents; they are only there to confirm the voluntary nature of the signer’s actions. 

 

What is the cost of notarization?

Notary services usually come with a cost that can vary. For instance, mobile notaries cost the most. They charge you for their time, travel, and sometimes even gas. A mobile notary shows up at your home (or office, or wherever you want) and performs the notarization in person wherever you are. A mobile notary can cost up to $150, depending on where you are and what the company’s pricing model is. 

On the other hand, you can get documents notarized online for much cheaper. For instance, at HelloPrenup, you can get your prenup notarized within the platform for just $50. If you want to notarize something other than a prenup online, you can do so through Notarize.com, and their fee will depend on what service you are looking for. There are even some ways to get a document notarized for free. We discuss the ways to do so in the next section. 

Places to get documents notarized for free

While notary services often involve a fee, there are some places and ways that you can get documents notarized without breaking the bank. Here are some options you can try to get your document notarized for free:

Banks and credit unions

Many banks and credit unions provide free notary services to their customers. Check with your financial institution to see if they offer this service and if any conditions apply. 

Public Libraries

Some public libraries have notaries on staff who offer free services. Inquire at your local library about their notary availability and any associated guidelines.

Government offices

Certain government offices, like city halls or courthouses, may offer free notary services to the public. Confirm their availability and any specific requirements, as they may vary.

Universities

If you are a university student, your college may have notaries on campus who offer free notary services to students and staff.

Community centers

Some community centers or local organizations may have volunteers or staff members who are notaries and offer their services for free or at a nominal cost.

Ask a friend

You may have a notary in your network who will do it for free and not even know it! Ask around! However, be careful because you shouldn’t have a friend or family member notarizing your prenup or other documents, as this could create a conflict of interest. But if your friend knows a sister’s brother’s cousin who is a notary, and that person doesn’t benefit in any way from the document you are signing, then go for it!

 

The bottom line is that it is possible to find a Notary Public for free!

In conclusion, notarization is a valuable process that enhances the credibility of important documents like prenups. While it often comes with a cost, there are ways to access free notary services. By understanding the basics of notarization and exploring the above options, you can navigate the notary process with confidence and ensure your documents are properly signed.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about notarization

Q: How much does notarization cost?

A: The cost of notarization can vary. Getting a prenup notarized with HelloPrenup costs $50. If you are getting documents other than a prenup notarized online, you can do so with Notarize.com starting at $25. In-person locations like UPS stores charge somewhere between $15 and $30. A mobile notary is the most expensive around $100-$150. 

 

Q: Where can I get documents notarized for free?

A: Some places offer free notary services, including banks and credit unions, public libraries, government offices, universities, and community centers. You may also be able to ask around to see if anyone you know has a Notary Public connection.

 

Q: Do all banks provide free notary services?

A: Not all banks provide free notary services, but many do offer this free service to their customers. Check with your bank to see if they provide notary services and if any conditions apply.

 

Q: What should I bring for notarization?

A: To get a document notarized, bring the document itself, a valid form of identification (e.g., driver’s license, passport), and any other necessary people involved in the signing, such as witnesses.

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