American Automobile Association, commonly referred to as the ‘AAA,’ is an auto association present for more than a century in the US and now in other countries. They have been offering services like providing maps, suggesting good highway hotels, giving on-road assistance exclusively for their members. Surprisingly, they also act as a notary and provide notarisation services.
Getting your official documents notarised is a dull but essential thing to do. If people have such a need to get their documents notarized, then usually they look forward to the banks. And why not, as most banks famously offer notary service free for their customers. But sometimes it might happen that banks don’t work out, so in such a case, where could you go?
For your knowledge, you could find notary services in the following places apart from banks
- Real Estate Companies,
- Insurance Provider Companies,
- Tax Preparation Firms,
- UPS Stores,
- And the place this post is all about, AAA offices
Does AAA provide Notary
All Branches of AAA across the United States provide notary services, while some are free, others are paid. You can use this service regardless if you are a member or not.
AAA has its presence in ‘nearly’ all states of the US. Collectively it boasts nearly 1000 office locations throughout the North American continent. Notary services are provided across all the branch locations in the United States.
People don’t need to be AAA members to avail notarisation from them, as this service is offered to both members and non-members.
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There is a plus point for people living in Arizona, Montana, Alaska, and Wyoming. Why? Because in these four states, AAA does not charge any fee for its notary service.
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Which Documents can be notarised at AAA locations
Various different kinds of documents can be notarised at AAA locations and all are mentioned below.
These documents are legal papers that are used to prove an affirmation to a statement by someone, e.g., Domicile, Marriage, etc. Affidavits are admissible at other govt offices too.
Permission Slip for minors
These papers are usually sought by schools who are asking for the guardian’s permission to take their ward on a trip, journey, etc.
Passport Application for minors
The title itself is self-suggesting; AAA does notary for minor’s passport applications.
Transferring Car Title
This ‘transferring’ document is used to change a vehicle/car ownership from one person/body to someone else.
Legal papers which bind two parties to an agreed set of guidelines.
Health Care directive
This legal paper is a declaration by a person that states the directive to be followed towards his medical treatment when the person himself/herself would not make any decisions.
Power of Attorney
This is a legal declaration by a competent party transferring his/her power and authority for decision-making to someone else.
Not all types of Documents could be notarised at AAA, like the following-
Sometimes you need to legally verify that the photo you are presenting is actual and genuine. E.g., For sending photographs via post for Passport, you might need to send notarised copies of your pictures to prove that the person in the picture is you.
These sorts of documents are needed for real-estate-based transactions and real estate-backed loans.
This form is required to be filled and submitted by hirers in the United States. It shows the details and states the eligibility of the employees hired to work in the US.
The heading is self-explanatory. AAA cannot notarise Birth, Death, and Marriage Certificates.
AAA doesn’t involve in business or commerce-related notary. For any business document to be notarized, you could consult your legal or financial advisor; perhaps banks could help get this sort of documents notarised.
What are the Notary charges at AAA
If you live in these four states Montana, Alaska, Arizona, and Wyoming, then congratulations, as AAA doesn’t charge any notary fees for these locations. But the ‘freebie’ is not applicable everywhere, and it is not uniform too. Checkout the notary charges for few states below-
Utah’s mountainous and tourist-friendly state has two different plans, one for members and the other for non-members.
Utah’s AAA charges $3 per notary from its members, whereas non-members would have to shed $5 for the same.
This US state is mainly known for its tax friendliness, and some also remember it being the first legislature with a female majority in the US. But how is it related to AAA and notary? Nowhere, it was just a fact bonus.
So, the Nevada AAA charges $10 from members and $15 from non-members for its notary services.
So, just like the two states mentioned, California also has two plans, and its plans are the same as Nevada. $10 for AAA membership holders and $15 for non-AAA membership holders.
Just like these states, various states may have similar or different pricing plans. For your convenience, you could call your nearest AAA office for the exact details. Find your closest AAA office with this link: https://www.aaa.com/office/.
What is the process of notarization?
According to QUICKdocs, the process of notarisation includes the following five steps
The person on whose name/s the notary is to be done should be duly present personally at the site where the notary would be performed.
Willingness and Awareness
The notarizing authority would interrogate a few questions to the signing authority/s. This Q and A would be to establish the awareness and knowledge of the signing party about the reason and document he/she is supposed to sign.
The personnel would ask for identification documents to verify the legality of the identity you have stated. The documents which you could show are Passport, Driving License, any other state-provided legal document proving your identity, etc. The personnel would also record the details of the identification record/s shown.
After witnessing the signature process in person, the notarising person would check the document to find any missing space to get the signature on and other details, if any, to be seen.
Recording the notary
Post the last step; the notary would input the details of this notary in his/her records and stamp and sign the document to give it the status of being notarized officially.
How to contact AAA?
Gladly, all the AAA locations across the US perform notarization. Some do it for free, whereas some charge an amount for it. You should have a call with your nearest AAA office to get the information on costs. But how exactly can you get in touch with them?
It’s easy; they are available on the phone and the internet.
To contact them via phone, you may call the central helpline of AAA, which is 8009228228. This number is exclusive to the members.
Via the internet, they could be found on AAA Office Locator. This website could provide you with your nearest AAA’s contact details by entering the ZIP Code.
What documents to carry?
This varies from case to case. But all the necessary papers linked to the case and the physical presence of all the signing parties are needed. This, too, could be confirmed via a phone call before visiting the AAA office.
By now, do you feel well equipped with the details of the notary, and particularly the notary at AAA?
It would be good for you if you do, as it might help you get your next notary done.
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