Notary Business Filings

Filing the Notary oath and bond must occur in the county where the Notary maintains his/her principal place of business.

Upon successful completion of the California Secretary of State required Notary testing, present the following to the County Clerk-Recorder within 30 days of the Commission date:

  • State Commission
  • Two copies of the Oath of Office
  • Bond in the amount of $15,000
  • Photo identification
  • Filing fee of $18.00
  • Recording fees for the bond - $16.00 for the first page plus $3.00 for each additional page

Recording Requirement for Acknowledgments and Jurats

Assembly Bill 886 (Statutes of 2007, Chapter 399) was signed into law and makes several significant changes to Civil Code sections 1185 and 1189 and Government Code 8202.

Effective January 1, 2008, the law will require an officer, when executing a California certificate of acknowledgment, or a jurat, to determine based on satisfactory evidence that the person making the acknowledgment is the individual who is described in and who executed the instrument. Accordingly, the verbiage of both the California certificate of acknowledgment and the jurat will change. A "penalty of perjury" statement will also be added to the acknowledgment.

The acknowledgment form and jurat form are available in PDF file format for downloading.