Short Answer: Chase Bank does not charge a fee for notary services, but only Chase customers can get a document notarized for free at participating locations. Not all Chase branches have a notary on-site, and others only have notaries available during certain business hours. Chase advises calling your nearest branch to ask if a notary is available and during which hours. For more details on getting something notarized at Chase, plus information on what a notary can do, see below.
Is There a Chase Bank Notary Service Fee?
Chase Bank offers free notary services for account holders at participating locations. We spoke with three corporate customer service representatives, as well as Chase branches in New York and Ohio, to confirm and gather information.
We were told that not all Chase banks have notaries in the branch, and occasionally notaries work irregular hours and/or float between branches from day to day. Representatives advise that anyone needing a document notarized call their nearest Chase location and ask if there is a notary on site. When you call, it’s also a good idea to verify what hours the notary is in, ask whether notarization is available for your particular document(s), and ask if you will need to make an appointment.
What Does a Notary Do?
A notary public acts as a certified witness to the signing of documents. Notaries must be objective, impartial, and independent when evaluating a document and signer. They cannot refuse to help you because of your race, nationality, religion, politics, or sexual orientation.
A notary verifies that an official document has been correctly and voluntarily signed and that the person signing is who they say they are. The seal of a notary makes your signature more credible and may be required for certain documents.
How to Get Something Notarized
If you need to get something notarized, you’ll need to bring the document to a notary near you. You’ll also need to bring your driver’s license, state ID, military ID, passport, or other government-issued photo ID. Answer any questions the notary may have and be prepared to possibly prove your signature or give a thumbprint. The notary will then give you a notarial certificate with a signature and official seal. Some notaries charge fees for their service, which vary but are typically in the range of a few dollars.
Commonly Notarized Documents
Certain important documents commonly require the signature of a notary. These documents may include:
- Advanced health directives
- Authorizations to add or remove a name from a title
- Bills of sale for motor vehicles
- Certificate of ownership or title application for a car
- Federal government applications and documents
- Guardianship agreements
- Handgun permits
- Homeschooling affidavits
- Identity theft complaints
- Medical authorizations for minors
- Powers of attorney
- Prenuptial agreements
- Promissory notes
- Property deeds
- Retirement and death benefit designations
Keep in mind that notary services are offered at the discretion of the bank and that Chase Bank may refuse to give notarizations based on the document type, document format, or incomplete information. Representatives for Chase Bank were unable to offer a full list of documents their notaries will certify; it’s best to call your local branch and ask about your documents before visiting.