Serving as Notary Public and Instructions

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The term of office of a notary public is four (4) years, commencing with the date specified in the commission. 

If a notary public transfers the principal place of business from one county to another, the notary public may file a new oath of office and bond, or a duplicate of the original bond, with the county clerk to which the principal place of business was transferred. If the notary public elects to make a new filing, original filing and recording fees apply.

A notary public shall notify the Secretary of State by certified mail within 30 days as to any change in the location or address of the principal place of business or residence.

If a notary public submits an application for a name change to the Secretary of State, the notary public shall, within 30 days from the date an amended commission is issued, file a new oath of office and an amendment to the bond with the county clerk in which the principal place of business is located.

If any notary public resigns, is disqualified, removed from office, or allows his or her appointment to expire without obtaining reappointment within 30 days, all notarial records and papers shall be delivered within 30 days to the clerk of the county in which the notary public’s current official oath of office is on file.

Instructions on How to Apply: 

  1. Apply with the Secretary of State, Notary Public Section, 916-653-3595, for an appointment as a notary public. If appointed, the applicant will receive a commission packet and an oath.
  2. Obtain an official bond in the sum of $15,000, executed by an admitted surety insurer and not a deposit in lieu of bond.
  3. Upon receiving a commission as a Notary Public, an applicant must register with the County Clerk in the county where the person maintains a principal place of business as shown in the application submitted to the Secretary of State.
  4. Registering with the County Clerk consists of filing the oath and bond and recording the bond. This must be done no later than 30 days after beginning of the term prescribed in the commission.

Registering: At the County Clerk/Recorder Office

No appointment is necessary.

Bring the following to the county clerk for filing and recording:

• Commission

• Bond $15,000

• Oath (2 copies)

• Applicable Fees





File Notary Clerk Oath & Bond



Recording Fee for Bond (1st page)



Each additional page



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