Recently I received a call from a potential notary client. After a short conversation with her I suggested that she check out my reviews on Yelp and my website. Her response was that she didn’t need to see my reviews that all I do is ask for a photo id and through my stamp on the document. This response made me step back and question my job duties as a notary and the requirements I had to complete to obtain and renew my notary. After that I decided to write a short blog to share with my clients and the general public what it takes to be a notary. I feel information might shift one’s viewpoint that I just check id and through my notary seal on document. In meeting all the qualifications to become a California notary one might note that a notary not only must be an upstanding citizen but must also maintain a high level of responsibility with their job and in life. A notary must also renew their commission every four years. This entails taking new training classes and repeating all the steps listed below.
The qualifications to become a California notary public are as follows-
be 18 years of age or older
be a legal California resident
complete a course of study approved by the Secretary of State
satisfactorily complete and pass a written examination prescribed by the Secretary of State
clear a background check
Complete Approved Education
Register for the Exam
Take the Exam and pass Exam
Submit Fingerprints via Live Scan
Await Commission Packet
Purchase Notary Public Materials-Order your official notary stamp/embosser, journal and bond
File Notary Public Oath & Bond