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What is a Mobile Notary?

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 7:20 PM

A notary is commisioned by the state to act as an independent witness to the signing of documents. Once the signer presents acceptable ID that is verified by the notary, the notary witnesses the signer sign the document and then puts her signature and stamp on the document.

Notaries often work at mailbox stores or other similar locations but in some cases it is more convenient or practical to have a notary travel to you. For instance, if a patient is hopsitalized and needs to appoint a power of attorney, or a business person needs work-related documents notarized at his office, or an individual is incarcerated, then for obvious reasons the person cannot leave to find a notary, or you would just prefer the luxury of a notary traveling to you rather than having to search for one. 

These are just some of the reasons you would hire a mobile notary. Mobile notaries take the stress out of getting your important documents notarized by traveling to you at a time and location that is convenient for you.

Every traveling notary sets their own travel fee but in CA the maximum we are allowed to charge per notarization is $10 per signature.

If you are in the Long Beach, Lakewood, Wilmington, Carson, or other surrounding city and are in need of a mobile notary please call LaShon James-Major, The Document Diva @ (562) 314-4319.

Parental Permission to Travel Abroad

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 2:05 AM

The summer months are upon us. Soon children will out of school, water parks will be open, the malls will be invaded by teenagers, and the beaches will be over run by sun worshipers looking for the perfect tan.


Summer also brings the summer travel season. During summer travel children may be traveling with their parents, one parent, or a relative out of the country. If the child is under 18 and traveling without both parents there are special travel rules you need to be aware of.


Due to the increase in child abductions in disputed child custody cases and as possible victims of child pornography when a child is not accompanied by both parents it is strongly recommended by the U.S. Border and Customs Protection that the traveling adult have a note from both parents acknowledging that the child is traveling abroad with their permission. It is also suggested that the note be notarized.


The recommended format is:


"I acknowledge that my wife/husband/etc. is traveling out of the country with my son/daughter/group. He/She/They has/have my permission to do so."


We all know that Google is our all-knowing best friend so googling "parental permission to travel" will enable you to find many free forms ready for download and use. Because travel requirements can change, it is always a good idea to check the latest information about document requirements on the US State Department website.



How to Obtain a California Senior Citizen ID Card

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM

All to often when older people stop driving they let their drivers license expire so they are left without any identification. This poses a problem when they need to present valid ID, such as when they need a document notarized.

A simple solution is to get a California Senior Citizen ID card. The IDs are good for ten years and if the senior is bed bound the DMV will send someone out to their home.

To obtain a Senior Citizen ID card you will need:


  • Form DL 44 which can be mailed to you by calling the DMV at 800-777-0133
  • A birth certificate or other acceptable document
  • Provide your social security number
  • Your full legal name

The Senior Citizen ID card is free if your are 62 or older.


Hospital Mobile Notary

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Long Beach has four major hospitals  - Long Beach Memorial, Pacific Hospital, Community Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital. Unfortunately, it isn't until someone is hospitalized that often times people remember the importance of having their affairs in order.

Part of having your affairs in order to have a health care directive and power of attorney filled out and notarized so that care givers and financial institutions know who you have appointed to handle your affairs if there ever is a time when you are unable to.

Hospitals and convalescent homes will want to have your health care directive on file and financial institatuations will want a copy of your power of attorney before they let  any transcations be performed on the behalf of someone else.

If you need a mobile notary The Document Diva travels to hospitals, residences and convalescent homes to assist with all power of attorney and health care directive needs.

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Common Documents - Power of Attorey

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM

One of the most frequent documents you are asked to notarize as a notary is a power of attorney. A power of attorney is an important legal document in which a principle gives an agent the power to act in their place. I have had clients notarize powers of attorney because they were leaving the country, incarcerated or hospitalized. There are several types of powers of attorney so it is important to know the differences. Two common powers of attorney are explained below.


Durable Power of Attorney


A durable power of attorney remains in effect if the principle becomes incapacitated and is unable to make their own decisions. Ordinary, or "nondurable," powers of attorney automatically end if the person who makes them loses mental capacity.


Medical Power of Attorney


A medical power of attorney, also commonly known as a health care directive, appoints an agent to make health care decisions on their behalf. The health care agent will work with doctors and other health care providers to make sure the principal gets the kind of medical care they wish to receive.


If you have any questions about the type of power of attorney you need it is always best to consult an attorney for legal advice.




*Disclaimer - The Document Diva is not an attorney and therefore cannot provide legal advice.



Long Beach California Apostille Service

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM

The Document Diva has been providing California Apostille & Authenticaion services in the Long Beach and the greater Los Angeles & Orange County areas for the last 9 years. Our service includes travel, notarization, if required, and the accurate processing of your document.

We have worked with individuals and companies to process their vital documents to countries all over the world such as Mexico, Dominican Republic, China, Spain, France, South Korea, India and more!

Some of the companies we have worked with - Phenomenx, Thomson National Properties, Penn Elcom, Moffat & Nichol, Trojan Battery, Foundation 9 Entertainment, US Asia Law, Aero Worx, Industrial Dynamics, Fisker Automotive, Disney and PSAV

Please feel free to give us a call for pricing and questions regarding your document.

The Document Diva | 562-314-4319

Where Is Your Notary Office?

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 1:25 PM

I get asked the above question almost on a daily basis. The concept of a mobile notary is new to a lot of people because they are used to walking into their bank when they want a document notarized but the majority of banks due to liability reasons no longer offer notary services. So what are your options?

The Document Diva only provides a mobile notary service so if you are looking for a notary to travel to your residence, business, hospital or any other location that is convenient for you we'll be more than happy to provide service. Depending on the location there is a travel fee plus the $10 per notarized signature fee.

Mobile notary services are great if you require a notarization on the weekend, after hours or at the last minute. For the last 9 years we have been notarizing powers of attorney, trusts, affidavits, health care directives and many other documents in the greater Long Beach, Lakewood, Carson, Bellflower, Wilmington and San Pedro areas.

If you are not looking for a mobile notary then your best option is to walk into your local UPS store as most of them have notaries on staff. Also, if you're a AAA member they provide notary services.

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Do You Need A Mobile Notary?

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM

When people think of a Notary Public they don't necessarily think mobile. A regular notary public works from an office that you travel to in order to have your document notarized. Usually, they work out of mail box stores, copy centers, banks and travel agencies.


A Mobile Notary Public travels to you. Our motto is have stamp, will travel! The mobile option is for those that want the convenience of someone coming to them. Our lives are so busy these days it's nice to have someone come to you. The traveling notary is also good for those that are home bound, in a nursing home, or hospitalized and it is impossible for the individual to leave to have a document notarized.




There is an extra charge for the mobile notary services but it is hard to put a price on convenience. Each notary sets their own travel fee, which may include such variables as distance, weekday vs. weekend, if it's a holiday, and the time of day (whether you're needed early in the day or late in the evening).


I provide mobile notary services in Long Beach and throughout Los Angeles & Orange counties so when the need arises give The Document Diva a call.



I look forward to meeting all of your mobile notary needs!

*Note: While the travel fee may vary the maximum a notary can legally charge for a notarization is $10 per notarized signature in California.




What is a Power of Attorney?

Posted on February 3, 2014 at 6:05 PM

A power of attorney is a notarized document that gives an appointed agent the power to act on someone else's behalf in legal or business matters. Powers of attorney are especially important if a loved becomes hospitalized or incarcerated because they may physically be unable to handle necessary transactions.


If a power of attorney is required to handle financial matters it is best to check with the bank to verify that they will accept the POA. Some banks require their own power of attorney to be notarized.


If you or a loved one require a mobile notary to notarize your power of attorney in the greater Long Beach area please contact The Document Diva @ (562) 314-4319.

*Note - Powers of attorney only deal with financial matters. You will need a health care directive notarized to appoint an agent to handle health related issues.