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Registering as a Notary Public
For information on becoming a notary public, please contact the Secretary of State at (916) 653-3595 or their website at www.sos.ca.gov/notary.
Pursuant to Government Code 8213(a), all notary public applicants must file the official bond and oath of office in the office of the County Clerk in the county which the applicant maintains their principal place of business no later than 30 days after the beginning term prescribed in the commission. Documents mailed in to the County Clerk must be sent via certified mail and received by the County Clerk at least two weeks prior to the expiration of the oath of office; postmarked dates are not valid and delivery times may vary. The 30 day period cannot be extended for any reason; any documents not received by the County Clerk’s office within the 30 days will be returned to you and must be re-filed with the Secretary of State.To file a Notary Public application in person, please bring the following documents to our Downtown San Diego, El Cajon or San Marcos Office:
To file a Notary Public application by certified mail, please send the following:
The Office of the County Clerk will examine the documents,file,and record the bond. It may take approximately 4 to 6 weeks for the original bond to be returned to you.
Notary acts may commence once the documents have been filed and recorded with the San Diego County Clerk's office and the commission date has become effective.
You may have the signature of a registered San Diego County Notary authenticated either in person at any of our offices or by mailing the entire completed document to the San Diego County Clerk. Our mailing address is: San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk P.O. Box 121750 San Diego, CA 92112-1750 The cost for a Notary Authentication is $12.00 per signature authenticated.