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Notary Identification Requirements when Filing at County

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Categories: Law Changes January 1, 2017

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Identification Requirement for Notary's County of Filing

When the notary goes to the County of Record to file the oath there are stricter identification rules for the notary.

  • At the county clerk, the notary must produce one of the following specified ID’s:
    • a California ID card or driver's license,
    • a U.S. passport,
    • a foreign passport, or
    • a state of California employee ID issued by an agency of the state, office of a city or county of the State of California.

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.

Note: If the oath and bond are not filed within the 30-calendar-day time period, the commission will not be valid.

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