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State Information for California

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California Notary Requirements and Information

California Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must:
• be at least 18 years of age;
• be a legal resident of California;
• complete a state-approved education course and pass the written exam; and
• clear a background check, by the FBI and the California Department of Justice and submit fingerprints.

How to Apply to Become a California Notary
See detailed information on the website of the California Secretary of State: http://www.sos.ca.gov/notary/checklist/

Appointing Officer
Secretary of State

Term of Office
4 Year Term

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Education Course and Exam Required (6-hour or 3-hour*, state-approved, online or classroom environment course and closed-book proctored exam).

*All first time notary applicants must complete a 6-hr education course and all renewing applicants must complete a 3-hr education course prior to applying. *Renewing applicants must renew prior to expiration of commission otherwise the applicant must complete the 6-hr course.
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Notary Bond Requirement
$15,000 Notary Bond Required

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Recordbook Required*

*Only one active, sequential recordbook may be used and should be kept in a secure location under the direct control of the notary.

Notary Seal Requirement
Ink Stamp or Embossing Seal Required*

Seal impression must be photographically reproducible.

Authorized Duties
• take acknowledgments, and proofs (very limited circumstances);
• administer oaths/affirmations;
• take affidavits;
• take depositions;
• certify copies of powers or attorney and notarial recordbook entries (requested by the Secretary of State or by a court) ONLY; and
• make protests (only notaries employed by a financial institution and within the scope of the notary's employment).

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the California Secretary of State: http://www.sos.ca.gov/notary/forms/

Contact Information for the State of California

State Notary Website

State of California Online Notary Listing

State of California Online Notary Handbook

Phone Number
(916) 653-3595

Mailing Address
Office of the Secretary of State
Notary Public Section
P.O. Box 942877
Sacramento, CA 94277–0001

Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(916) 653-3595

Further Information

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