Governor Signs Legislation Increasing Permissible Notary Fees
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation 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 part of a nationwide push to increase the cap on notary fees.
Assembly Bill 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 pointed out that the 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 – remained unchanged. The price is not set 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.