We all know that it can be difficult to find a notary after 5:00 pm or in a location convenient for you. To remedy this, Lynnfield Historical Consulting offers mobile notary service to the Houston area. This service will help you save time when you need to have documents notarized. If you require friendly and punctual notary service, go to my contact page to set up an appointment.
Texas Notary Fees
Texas Government Code Ann. § 406.024 sets out the maximum fees a notary public may charge for notary public services.
Mobile Travel Fees
** In certain circumstances, fees are flexible. We will discuss final pricing before our appointment. **
Within Loop 610: $30
Outside Loop 610 up to 15 miles: $40
16+ miles outside Loop 610: $40 + $1 per extra mile
After Hours Fee (9:00 pm - 7:59 am): $30
Senior Citizen Discount (65+): 10%
A 50% deposit is required for mobile services. The remainder of the fees are due at time of service.
Advance cancellation four (4) hours or more – No Charge
Advance cancellation less than (4) hours - 100% of travel fee
Cancellation upon notary arrival - 100% of travel fee
If notary travels to client, but is unable to perform services because of client error (invalid ID, etc.) - 100% of travel fee
Total fees to expect:
Travel Fee + Notary Fee + After Hours Fee (If applicable) = Total Cost
What is a notary public’s duty?
“The primary duty of a notary public is to show a disinterested party (the notary public) has admonished the signer of an instrument as to the importance of such document, and the signer of such document has declared that his/her identity, his/her signature and his/her reasons for signing such instrument are genuine. The signature and seal of a notary public do not prove these facts conclusively, but do provide prima facie proof of the,and allow persons in trade and commerce to rely upon the truth and veracity of the notary public as a third party who has no personal interest in the transaction.” Source: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/edinfo.shtml#Introduction
Are you able to perform notarial acts in all counties in Texas?
Yes. I have statewide jurisdiction and may perform notarial acts in any county in the state of Texas. I have passed the required background checks.
Are you bonded?
Yes. As required by the Secretary of State, I have a $10,000 surety bond.
What do I need to do prior to meeting with you for notary services?
Please do not sign documents prior to meeting with a notary. Also, proper identification of the signer is required. Acceptable identification must be issued by a federal or state government agency and contain a photograph and signature. Examples: State Driver’s License, State I.D. card, US Military I.D., current US Passport, or an Alien Registration Card. More information can be found here: https://www.nationalnotary.org/resources-for/public/how-to-prepare-for-notarization.
Do you charge extra for “after hours” service?
Yes. Services between 9:00 pm and 8:00 am, please add $30 to the standard price. (See price list above.)
May a notary public determine which type of notarial certificate should be attached to a document?
No. A notary public who is not an attorney should only complete a notarial certificate which is already on the document, or type or attach a certificate of the maker’s choosing. If a notary public were presented with a document that did not contain a certificate and decided which certificate to attach, that notary public would be “practicing law.” Instead, the notary may allow the person for whom the notarization is performed to choose among the sample certificates provided to the notary with the notary’s commission.
Do you have sample Notarial Certificates?
Yes. I am not a licensed attorney and cannot provide legal advice, so I cannot advise you on which certificate to use. However, here is a list of common certificates to choose from: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Mn3UY_G8x4GoSySwPBYkHdcsNzZY0cwC/view?usp=sharing. Sample forms are also available from the Texas Secretary of State here: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/forms/edinfo-sample-forms.pdf
Where can I request a Certificate of Authority, or Apostille?
You must make a written request to the Secretary of State or go in person to their office: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/authinfo.shtml.
May a notary make a certified copy of a birth certificate or a marriage license?
No. Birth certificates and marriage licenses are publicly recordable documents. Recordable documents are recorded with some specific governmental entity, such as the secretary of state’s office, a court of law, a county clerk, or the Bureau of Vital Statistics. A certified copy of a recordable document may be obtained by contacting the recording entity. A notary cannot make certified copies of recordable documents. A notary may, however, make a certified copy of a non-recordable document. A non-recordable document is one that cannot be recorded with any type of governmental entity. For instance, a letter is not recorded with anyone, but there are times the sender of the letter would like to maintain a certified copy of that letter for his or her file.
May a notary take an acknowledgement over the phone?
No. The person for whom a notarization is performed must personally appear before the notary public at the time the notarization is performed.
How do I file a complaint against a Notary Public?
Visit the Secretary of State’s website for information on filing a complaint: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/faqs2300.shtml#npc30
Required by Texas State Law
UNLESS A NOTARY PUBLIC IS AN ATTORNEY LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW IN TEXAS, A NOTARY PUBLIC MAY NOT GIVE LEGAL ADVICE OR ACCEPT FEES FOR LEGAL ADVICE.
As a notary public, I may not:
Prepare, draft, select, or give advice concerning legal documents
Perform acts which constitute the practice of law
Use the phrase “notario” or “notario publico” to advertise notary services
Overcharge for notary services
Notarize a document without the signer being in the notary’s presence at the time of the notarization
Issue identification cards
Certify copies of documents recordable in the public records (Driver’s License, Birth Certificates, etc.)
Notarize a document without having current ID from the signer, unless they are personally known to me
Documents That I Can Notarize
Acknowledgments & Jurats
Oaths & Affirmations
Certifying Powers of Attorney
Depositions & Affidavits
Deeds of Trust
Mortgage, Loan & Refinance Documents
Consent for Minors to Travel
Personal Letters & Contracts
Copies of Journal Entries
Certification by Document Custodian
Legal & Medical Documents
Last Will & Testament
Proof of Execution
Traffic School Documents
Documents That I Cannot Notarize
Certified Copies of Birth & Death Certificates
Documents with Blank Spaces