Government Code section 8211 specifi es the maximum fees that may be charged for notary public services; however, a notary public may elect to charge no fee or an amount that is less than the maximum amount prescribed by law. The charging of a fee and the amount of the fee charged is at the discretion of the notary public or the notary public’s employer provided it does not exceed the maximum fees. The notary public is required to make an entry in the notary public journal even if no fee was charged, such as “no fee” or “0.” (Government Code section 8206)
EXCEPTIONS: 1) Pursuant to Government Code section 8203.6, no fees shall be collected by notaries public appointed to military and naval reservations in accordance with 8203.1; 2) pursuant to Elections Code section 8080, no fee shall be collected by notaries public for verifying any nomination document or circulator’s affi davit; and 3) pursuant to Government Code section 6107, no fee may be charged to a United States military veteran for notarization of an application or a claim for a pension, allotment, allowance, compensation, insurance, or any other veteran’s benefi t. In addition, Government Code section 6100 requires any notary public who is appointed to act for and on behalf of certain public agencies, pursuant to Government Code section 8202.5, to charge for all services and remit the fees received to the employing agency. The fee charged must be entered in the journal.