California Notary Laws effective Jan 1, 2017:

This is a summary of the new 2017 Notary Laws for California notaries public.

The list of Identification documents California notaries may accept has broadened to include  a valid consular card issued from a foriegn government consulate.  Keep in mind though these documents must be current or if expired, have been issued within the past five years, contain a photograph of the person, a physical description of the person, a signature of the person and a serial number of the person. For example, Matricula Consular cards issued by Mexican consulates do not have the physical description of the person and therefore may not be used unless these are change to include all of the required elements indicated above.

Notaries can also now use an identification card from a federally recognized tribal government so long as they also have all of the above elements included.

Foriegn government passports formally required a stamp from the US Immigration Services or equivelant but new 2017 ID laws removed that requirement.  


Increase in Notary Public fees changed from $10 per signature per notary act to a maximum of $15 per signature per notary act. Other changes are in effect for those notaries with respect to taking depositions and notaries who are also qualified and bonded immigration consultants.

Note: Notary travel fees in California are not regulated by state laws so a notary may charge additionally whatever fees may be deemed reasonable by that notary but only if that notary engages in services outside of their own place of business. Any notary who is providing services to the public whereby the public is receiving those services in the notary’s own place of business may not charge in excess of the allowable maximum notary fees.


Notification by mail requirements were modified from certified or registered mail to certified mail or any other means of physical delivery that provides a receipt.

Note: If a notary chooses to file an oath and bond by mail rather than in person, or is required to notify the   Secretary of State by mail of an address change or in any case ever is required to notify the Secretary of State by certified mail, that notary now meets the requirement in any manner so long as they are able to obtain a receipt. It may now be sent by any carrier so long as a receipt or physical tracking information can be obtained.


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