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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 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:

  1. Current, valid photo identification such as a driver's license or passport
  2. Original commission certificate
  3. Two Notary Oath of Office forms, unsigned
  4. An original bond in the amount of $15,000.00. The name on the bond must match your State commission
  5. Filing fees, as of January 1,2015, are:
    • $42.00 Filing Fee
    • $15.00 Recording Fee for the first page
    • $3.00 Recording Fee for each additional page after the first page
    • $2.00 Copy Fee for each page requested
    • $1.00 Certification Fee for each copy page
  6. Filing may be completed at the Downtown San Diego, El Cajon and San Marcos locations. Office hours are from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa Debit card payments are accepted with a $2.50 surcharge per transaction.


To file a Notary Public application by certified mail, please send the following:

  1. A photocopy of your Notary Commission.
  2. Two Notary Oath of Office forms completed in front of a Current Notary Public signed with your Notary Signature.
  3. An original bond in the amount of $15,000.00 signed with your Notary Signature. The name on the bond must match your State commission.
  4. Please include a letter with your request that includes a phone number in which you may be reached during business hours.
  5. Fees may vary depending upon the pages required for recording your Notary Bond. It is our suggestion that you print "not to exceed $70.00" in the memo section of the check. We will calculate the costs and indicate the correct amount on your check. If you would like a receipt or copies mailed back to you please include a self addressed envelope with your request.
  6. Checks should be made payable to: San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk
  7. Please mail your documents and payment to:

    San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk
    P.O. Box 121750
    San Diego, Ca 92112-1750


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.

Notary Authentication

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.