Governor Signs Legislation Increasing Cap on Notary Fees
Monday, August 22, 2016
Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation on August 17th that raises the fee cap for acknowledgments and jurats to $15 – a 50% increase over the previous maximum allowable fee for notarial acts. The bill is seen as part of a nationwide push to increase the cap on notary fees, with similar measures in the legislatures of a number of other states, including Hawaii, Illinois, and the District of Columbia.
AB 2217, which goes into effect January 1, 2017, allows a notary public to charge an additional $5.00 for a number of services, including taking a signature for an acknowledgment or proof of a deed or other instrument. The last time maximum allowable fees were increased in California was in 1993, when the cap was set to $10.
Proponents of the bill were quick to point out that Consumer Price Index (CPI) has increased over 60% since the 1993 fee increase, and that other aspects of current law – not charging a fee to notarize voting materials, or veterans’ claim benefits – remain unchanged. The bill also does not set the price at $15, but merely raises the cap to that level.
The bill faced almost no opposition in the legislature, receiving only a single no vote between the Assembly and Senate.