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Notary Registration and Bonds

Notary and Apostille

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What is a Notary Public?

A notary public is a public official who performs valuable services to the legal, business, financial and real estate communities by certifying or witnessing signatures on official documents.

Becoming a Notary Public

To become a California Notary Public, go to the Secretary of State Notary Public Division’s website at

Notary Oath Filing Requirements

  • Must be completed within 30 days of commission issuance date
  • Notary bond with signature for $15,000 must be provided
  • Bring Commission and 2 copies of Oath issued by Secretary of State
  • Names on commission, bond, and oath must be exactly the same
  • A notary can also take his/her oath before another notary in the county.
  • Fees:
    • $50.00 for filing of the oath
    • $14.00 for first page of bond, and $3.00 each additional page, to record the bond