Many of us have wondered, “Is there a notary near me open late?” Whether you need a notary late at night, on Saturday, on Sunday, or 24/7, this article is here to help you.
Many people believe they are beholden to the limited hours of traditional notaries. But it is possible to get that important document notarized late at night or during the weekend! Some banks and mailbox stores often have notary services available during the evening hours and on Saturday, while 24-hour mobile notaries bring the notary public to you!
Here’s what you’ll want to know to get that important document notarized, not matter the time of day or day of the week.
Things to Know Before Meeting with a Notary
Before meeting with the notary, be sure you have gathered everything you need so the process will go quickly and smoothly:
- Notaries often charge no fees or very low fees for their services, starting as low as $1 to $2. When searching for a notary, it’s important to ask about their fees upfront. Most states set a limit to how much a notary may charge per signature, while others do not. The National Notary Association provides an up-to-date chart listing state maximum fees for common notarial acts. If you’d like it, here’s more information on the cost of getting something notarized.
- Typically the document(s) will need to be in English, unless the notary can read and understand another language. According to the National Notary Association, state laws do not expressly prohibit a notary from notarizing a document that is not in English; however, a notary should only proceed if the notarial certificate is in a language the notary can read and write.
- In addition to the document, you will need to bring a valid, government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, state ID, military ID, or passport so that the notary can verify your identity.
- In some states, certain documents may require a witness. Typically, the witness cannot be the notary.
Notaries That May Be Open on Weekends
It can be difficult to find a weekend notary, but we’ve found a few places that might have a notary on staff during weekend hours. Although the places listed are open on the weekend, it’s always a good idea to call ahead to be sure that the notary is available, as notaries may keep different hours from their place of business. You may also need to make an appointment.
AAA typically offers notary services at its branches as a membership perk, and several AAA locations are opened on Saturday for a few hours. Information was gathered from the AAA FAQs.
- Cost Per Signature: Typically free as a membership benefit.
- Other Information: No appointment is needed.
- Location: Find the nearest AAA branch.
Some Chase locations offers notary services and are open on Saturdays for a few hours. Notary services are only available for Chase customers. Information was gathered through contacting the company.
- Cost Per Signature: Free for customers.
- Other Information: You may need to make an appointment at your local Chase branch for notary services.
- Location: Find the nearest Chase branch.
3. Pak Mail
Some Pak Mail locations offer notary services and may be open on Saturdays for a few hours. You will need to call ahead to your local Pak Mail to be sure that notary services are available. Information was gathered from the Pak Mail website.
- Cost Per Signature: Price will vary by each state and individual Pak Mail location.
- Other Information: No appointment is needed. If you need more information about Pak Mail’s notary services, contact your local store.
- Location: Find the nearest Pak Mail location.
Most of PostalAnnex’s locations offer notary services from a certified and insured notary public and are open for a few hours on Saturdays. Several PostalAnnex locations also offer mobile notary services and can send a notary public to homes, hospitals, convalescent homes, and places of business. Information was gathered from the PostalAnnex website and through contacting a local branch.
- Cost Per Signature: Price will vary by state and each individual PostalAnnex location.
- Other Information: Walk-ins are welcome in store, but appointments are needed for mobile notary services.
- Location: Find the nearest PostalAnnex location.
5. PNC Bank
According to the PNC Bank Help Twiitter account, each PNC Bank branch location may offer notary services at its discretion. After calling a few branches, it seems that locations typically only notarize documents pertaining to bank business. So it is in your best interest to call ahead to see if your branch will notarize your document. Not all PNC branches are open on Saturdays.
- Cost Per Signature: Free for customers
- Other Information: Notary services are for customers only. While an appointment is not necessary, you will need to call ahead to make sure the notary is available.
- Location: Find the nearest PNC Bank location.
6. The UPS Store
Select UPS Stores that offer notary services are open on the weekend and/or have evening hours All UPS Store locations are individually owned and operated, so it is up to each owner to set the store’s hours and services. You will need to find your nearest UPS Store and call ahead or check online to see if notary services are available. Information was gathered from the UPS website.
- Cost Per Signature: Price will vary by each state and individual UPS Store location.
- Other Information: Walk-ins are welcome and all documents need to be in English.
- Location: Find the nearest UPS Store.
7. Wells Fargo
Some Wells Fargo branches offer notary services and are open for a few hours on Saturday. Information was gathered by contacting the company.
- Cost: Free for customers. A fee may be charged to non-customers at the discretion of the branch.
- Other Information: According to the Wells Fargo FAQs, you will need to call your local branch in advance to meet with a notary.
- Location: Find the nearest Wells Fargo. Note that the location finder will allow you to find a branch with notary services.
24-Hour Mobile Notaries
Typically, the only way to find a notary at a late hour is through a mobile notary — a notary public that travels to clients. Although several mobile notaries may list themselves as available 24-hours, they may not choose to work after a particular hour. Mobile notaries often charge a traveling fee in addition to the regular per-signature fee. A few states put a cap on the maximum amount a mobile notary can charge per mile, but most do not. A complete chart of current notary fee maximums by state is available on the National Notary Association website.
The directory is easy to search and updated frequently.
- Search Features: 123Notary’s search filters include: time available, 123Notary certified, 24-hour service, reverse mortgage, travel to hospitals or jails, and Spanish speaking. Note that you have to apply filters after doing an initial search for a notary based on your city, state, or zip code.
- Website: Use 123Notary.com to find a notary that suits your needs.
2. Notary Rotary
Although using Notary Rotary’s directory is free, you may receive a message saying that “you have exceeded the maximum number of daily profiles you are allowed to view without logging in”. You will need to sign up for a Basic (Free) membership or a paid premium membership. Notary Rotary serves as the primary resource for mobile notaries. According to Notary Rotary’s FAQs, ALL memberships are limited in the number of searches allowed per day because searching is not a primary benefit of membership. The primary purpose of Notary Rotary is for mobile notaries to receive a personal notary directory listing and supply discounts. More information about Notary Rotary memberships.
- Search Features: Notary Rotary’s search filters include: 24-hour service, several languages, including Spanish, Japanese, Italian, and Arabic, fax and/or email available, wedding services, and fields services.
- Website: Use Notary Rotary to find a notary that suits your needs.
3. Notary Cafe
- Search Features: Notary Cafe’s search filters include: 24-hour service, travel to hospitals or jails, laser printer available, attorney, fingerprinting available, and wedding services.
- Website: Use Notary Cafe to find a notary that suits your needs.
How to Find a Local Notary
Here are a few other ways to find a notary:
- Ask people you know. Chances are someone you know or a friend of a friend might be a public notary. Don’t be afraid to ask to meet up, even if it’s in the middle of the night on a Sunday. Just be sure to return the favor sometime or take them out to lunch.
- If you could not find a notary on the above directories, try doing a Google search for of “24-hour notary in (your city).”
- Try the Yellow Pages. While it may no longer be common to have a current physical copy of the Yellow Pages in your home, you can always search the Yellow Pages website. We checked to see if there were any 24 hours notaries listed in our city, and a few did show up.
If you need a notary late at night, on Saturday, on Sunday, or even 24/7, it’s possible.
Chances are there are notaries in your area who would be willing to help you out — even at 2:00 AM! Try searching for a notary at one of the stores or directories listed above — if all else fails, ask around for a local notary who may be able to help you out. Once you find a notary with good availability, it might be a good idea to hang onto their number for your future notary public needs.