Revised Regulations - Notary Public Disciplinary Guidelines: Regulations revising the Notary Public Disciplinary Guidelines are effective November 16, 2012.
Change to look of Apostille: To closely mirror The Hague Conference on Private International Law's model certificate, the Apostilles issued by the California Secretary of State have changed. (pdf ~54KB)
Customer Alert - California Notaries Public Cannot Perform Notarial Services Online: Online webcam notarizations are invalid and illegal activities for California notaries public.
Each year, changes in the law may affect your notary public commission. For information regarding new laws and changes to existing laws that directly affect filings made and business conducted with the Secretary of State's office, please refer to the Legislation webpage.
All applicants appointed or reappointed as a notary public must undergo a background check by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as well as the California Department of Justice. The Request for Live Scan Service (pdf ~442KB) form is available online.
All applicants appointed or reappointed as a notary public are required to attach a 2" x 2" color passport photo of their person to the back of the completed notary public application form.
The Notary Public Section is responsible for:
California Notaries Public Cannot Perform Notarial Services Online
Notary Public Disciplinary
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