Notaries have always been important people in our society. They are attesting to the authenticity of the person signing or that a person swore to the statements in a document of their own free will. The State of California takes this seriously and has established guidelines as a result.
The following are the basic public notary requirements:
- Be a legal resident of the State of California
- Be at least 18 years old
- Complete a training course approved by the Secretary of State
- Pass an exam prescribed by the Secretary of State
- Pass a background check
- A potential notary cannot have been convicted of a felony or any lesser crime involving “Moral turpitude”. A list of applicable offenses is on the Secretary of State website.
Here are the detailed steps to become a notary in California:
- Comply with each of the above requirements.
- Register and complete a six-hours training course from a state-approved vendor. The Secretary of State has a database of approved vendors to help you locate the correct training course in your region.
- Fill out and submit an application form that is available on the California Secretary of State’s website along with the application fee and a passport photo.
- Pass a state-administered exam, which is usually done at the end of the day of training.
- Have fingerprints taken using LiveScan. The Department of Justice has a list of Live Scan locations.
- After getting a commission certificate from the State, obtain a $15,000 surety bond.
- Within 30 days of commission date, send a copy of bond and oath to the local county clerk.
- Get a Notary stamp from an approved vendor.
- Purchase errors and omissions insurance. This is recommended but not required.
- Purchase a Notary stamp from a designated vendor (a list of approved vendors will be mailed to you along with your commission packet) and purchase a journal.
This process is repeated every 4 years to ensure Notaries stay compliant and knowledgeable. Your local Notary is well qualified to administer their duties. If you need a local notary in the Beverly Hills area or a mobile notary to come to your location, contact the notaries at Mailboxes Times.