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Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania Notarial Acts

Pennsylvania notaries public are authorized to perform the six notarial acts described below. If there is no notarial wording on the record, the notary is not authorized to decide for the customer what notarial act is needed. However, the notary may describe the notarial acts to help the customer make the decision.

 

Taking oaths and affirmations.

 

An oath is a public declaration, usually based on an appeal to a higher power, that the person making the declaration will keep a promise or perform a duty faithfully. An affirmation is equivalent to an oath but without reference to a higher power. Oaths or affirmations may be spoken (for example, an oath of office) or may be written and signed by the customer.

Taking verifications on oath or affirmation.

 

A verification on oath or affirmation certifies that the customer took an oath or affirmation and signed a statement in the notary’s presence. The customer is responsible for the truth and accuracy of the statement to which the verification on oath or affirmation is attached.

 

Taking acknowledgments.

 

An acknowledgment is a statement by the customer that he or she signed a record, intended to sign the record, and knew what he or she was doing at the time. Acknowledgments are required on records (for example, mortgages, deeds, wills, and powers of attorney) that will be recorded in the public record.

 

Witnessing or attesting signatures.

 

The notarial wording to witness or attest a signature, states that the notary was present and saw the customer sign the record. Unlike other notarial acts, witnessing or attesting a signature does not require the customer to take an oath or affirmation, or to acknowledge his or her signature.

 

Certifying or attesting copies of records or deposition transcripts.

 

A notary is authorized to certify or attest that a copy of a record or a deposition transcript is a complete and accurate reproduction of an original record or transcript. The notary must have the original record or transcript and the copy in hand to make the comparison.

 

Noting protests.

 

Pennsylvania notaries are authorized to issue protests under Section 3505 of the Uniform Commercial Code (13 Pa.C.S. §3505). This notarial act is extremely rare. A notary who issues a protest not in accordance with Section 3505 may face disciplinary action.

Pennsylvania Mandated Notarial Act Fees

Notarial Fees

Notarial fees are the fees we are permitted to charge for each type of notarial act. We may choose to charge less or provide your services for free, but we are not permitted to charge more than the fee set by the Pennsylvania Department of State for a particular notarial act.  However, a notary public is allowed to charge administrative or clerical fees for services they provide in addition to the notarization fees of a document.

Taking an acknowledgment.............................................................................................................$5.00

       (Each additional name)............................................................................................................$2.00

Administering an oath or affirmation (per individual) ......................................................................$5.00

Taking a verification on oath or affirmation......................................................................................$5.00

Witnessing or attesting a signature (per signature) ........................................................................$5.00

Certifying or attesting a copy of a record or deposition transcript (per copy) .................................$5.00

Noting a protest of a negotiable instrument (per page) ..................................................................$3.00

Clerical / Administrative / Travel Fees

Finding a notary public to notarize your important documents can be a challenge. Finding a notary that will travel to you, on your schedule, can be even more challenging. That's where the UKE Notary can help.

We may also charge clerical, administrative and travel fees.  Our charges are reasonable, discussed and agreed to by the customer before any notarial work is performed. We provide our customer with an itemized receipt containing a separate line for the notarial fee and lines for any additional fees that are charged as part of the transaction.

Fees are charged per notarial act.  Travel fees are round-trip, based from point of origin to signing location and back. Flat rate fees are a minimum $50 charge plus cost listed in fee schedule.