So many people call me with questions and many of them boil down to one: How does this notary thing work anyway?
Here is my answer.
How My Notary Service Works
It begins when you decide whether you want to come to me (to a location that I pick) OR you need me to come to you (to a location that you pick).
If you are coming to me, there is no trip fee, just a notary fee. My notary fee is $10 per document during the week (Monday – Friday) and $15 per document on Saturday. I am off on Sunday (except in the event of an emergency).
If you are coming to me, I generally meet signers at either the Taco Bell on Knight Arnold (5320 Knight Arnold Road — on the corner of Knight Arnold and Mendenhall) or somewhere else nearby.
Sometimes, I am at another location when the call comes in and we will agree on a place that is near where I expect to be at the time you choose.
If you need me to come to you, you tell me an address and a date and time and, so long as I don’t have a conflict, I will be there.
Reasons for conflicts would include:
- it is too far away (I cover Shelby County, Tipton County, and Fayette County);
- it is outside my jurisdiction (I am a Tennessee Notary Public, so I can only notarize while I am in Tennessee);
- I have another appointment that would prevent me from being there when you request;
- the signer is locked up (I do not offer notary services to jails or prisons); or
- you refuse to pay my trip fee and notary fee.
My trip fees are : $20 for anywhere in Shelby County*; $45* for anywhere in Tipton or Fayette County. The trip fee is in addition to the notary fee and is only charged if I am coming to you to a location of your choosing.
(* My trip fees are normally $25 for Shelby County and $50 for Tipton or Fayette County — I am running an October Special on trip fees to celebrate passing the certification classes at Notary2Pro and the NationalNotary Association.)
All fees are due in cash at the time of service. If I am unable to notarize for you after coming to a location that you picked, you will have to pay my trip fee. I only charge a notary fee if I actually notarize your document.
Whether you come to me or I come to you, each person signing the document must have an acceptable form of i.d. unless I know them personally.
Acceptable forms of i.d. in Tennessee include:
- driver license,
- non-driver i.d. card,
- passport, or
- military i.d. card.
The i.d. has to be current (not expired) or issued within the past 5 years; it has to be valid (no holes punched in it, etc). It must have a photo and signature and the usual dates and serial number on it.
A Tennessee driver license without a photo is acceptable only if the driver is above a certain age, as Tennessee issued over 150,000 senior driver licenses without photos and they are acceptable.
So, if you want an appointment after reading all of this, you just see my Contact page and let me know when and where. When you contact me, verify that you have a valid, unexpired, acceptable i.d. for each person signing the document and that you have the complete document and my fee. I will reply back and let you know if there are any conflicts. You bring your i.d., document, and the cash for the fee and we get it done.