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Registering As a Notary Public

(Government Code Sections 8200-8230)


If you would like to be appointed as a notary public, please contact the California Secretary of State, Notary Information at (916) 653-3595 or www.sos.ca.gov/business/notary/

Requirements and Time Limit for Qualifying:
Once the commission has been issued, a person has 30 calendar days from the beginning of the term prescribed in the commission to take, subscribe, and file an oath of office and file a $15,000 surety bond with the county clerk’s office. The commission does not take effect until the oath and bond are filed with the county clerk’s office. If the oath and bond are not filed within the 30-calendarday time period, the commission will not be valid, and the person commissioned may not act as a notary public until a new appointment is obtained and the person has properly qualified within the 30-calendar-day time limit.
The filing must take place in the county where the notary public maintains a principal place of business as shown in the application on file with the Secretary of State. If your commission indicates a county other than San Bernardino, contact that county for further information regarding their filing and fee requirements.
Government Code section 8213(a) permits the filing of completed oaths and bonds by the applicable county clerk by certified mail. Exceptions are not made to the 30-day filing requirement due to mail service delays, county clerk mail processing delays, or for any other reason. If mailing an oath and bond to the county clerk, sufficient time must be allowed by the newly appointed notary public to ensure timely filing. (Government Code sections 8212 and 8213).
Filing in Person:
1. Original notary commission certificate issued from the Secretary of State
2. Two (2) unsigned oaths of office issued by the Secretary of State
3. Original bond in the amount of $15,000 indicating the same dates referenced on the oaths of office for a term of four (4) years
4. Copy of bond to be conformed (optional)
5. Document Cover Sheet to be added to the bond for recording and is to be completed with the return mailing address and document title of “Notary Public Bond”.
6. Valid photo identification
7. Correct "Fees" (see “Fees” below)
8. Contact the County Recorder-Clerk at (855) 732-2575 (REC-CLRK) to schedule an appointment. Appointment Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm (excluding holidays)
Filing by Certified Mail:
1. Copy of notary commission certificate issued from the California Secretary of State
2. Two (2) completed oaths of office, signed and subscribed before another notary public located in the same county where the filing is to take place
3. Original bond in the amount of $15,000 indicating the same dates referenced on the oaths of office for a term of four (4) years
4. Copy of bond to be conformed (optional) and a self-addressed, stamped envelope
5. Document Cover Sheet to be added to the bond for recording and is to be completed with the return mailing address and document title of “Notary Public Bond”
6. Preprinted check or money order for fees (see Fees below) made payable to County Clerk
7. Daytime phone number including area code
 
Fees:
Notary Public Filing
Bond for Notary Public (file, cancel, withdraw or revoke)
Record the bond (1st page)
Record the bond (each subsequent page after 1st page)
Conformed Copy Fee
$55.00
$25.00
$15.00
$ 3.00
$ 6.00
 
Note: Fees subject to change, please refer to current Fee Schedule
 
Duration of Appointment:
The term of office of a notary public is for four years commencing with the date specified in the commission.
 
Location and Mailing Address:
San Bernardino County Recorder-Clerk
Attn: County Clerk Division
222 W. Hospitality Lane, 1st Floor
San Bernardino CA 92415-0022
 
The above information is subject to change.