Background Clearance Requirements
Your application is reviewed by the Secretary of State for acceptance or denial of the commission. Grounds for refusal, revocation or suspension of a notary commission include the following as found within
The Notary Public Handbook:
- Substantial and material misstatement or admission in the application.
- Application denial will be recommended for the failure to disclose any arrest or conviction! You must disclose all arrests and convictions on your application including any convictions which had later been dismissed. Call the Secretary of State, Notary Department if you have any questions about whether or not a particular incident on your record must be disclosed. If you do not recall the details concerning your arrest(s) and or conviction(s), you can contact the
California Department of Justice at (916) 227-3849. See the NOTARY PUBLIC HANDBOOK, Secretary of State.
- Conviction of a felony.
- Conviction of a disqualifying misdemeanor where less than 10 years has passed since the completion of probation.
Some examples of disqualifying convictions: (From CPS Application)
- Arson-related offenses
- Auto theft
- Carrying a concealed weapon
- Carrying a loaded firearm in a public place
- Child molestation
- Child pornography
- Discharge of a firearm in a public place or into an inhabited dwelling
- Drugs, possession for sale
- Escape without force
- Failure to comply with a court order
- Failure to pay child support
- Failure to return to confinement
- False financial statements
- False imprisonment
- Fraud involving, but not limited to, bank cards, credit cards, insufficient funds/checks, insurance, mail, MediCal or MediCare, real estate, tax, and welfare.
- Fraudulent impersonation of a peace officer
- Hit and run
- Kidnapping-related offenses
- Pimping and pandering
- Possession of an unregistered firearm
- Practicing without a license when a license is required
- Receipt of stolen property
- Resisting or threatening a peace officer
- Statutory rape
- Tax evasion
- Terrorist threats
- Theft, grand and petty, including burglary and robbery
- Threats to commit a crime involving death or great bodily injury
Applicants who are not in compliance with child support requirements may be granted temporary commissions or may be denied commissions until the candidate comes into compliance. Subsequent non-compliance may result in suspension or revocation of your commission.