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3:51 min

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Introdcution
  Introduction
How to use this course
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Getting Started
  Evaluation video-Sample of Course Design (this is not part of the actual notary course)

How to Become a Notary Public
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Chapter 1.
Obtaining and Managing a Commission
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  Part A. Eligibility for Appointment
    Section 1. Residence/Citizenship Requirement
  Section 2. Age Requirement
  Section 3. Course of Study Requirement
  Section 4. Examination Requirement
  Section 5. Background Check Requirement
  Section 6. Application
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  Part B. Commission
    Section 1. Term of Office
  Section 2. Geographic Jurisdiction
  Section 3. Bond
    Section 4. Public Employee Notaries Public
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  Part C. Managing a Commission
    Section 1. Filing the Oath and Bond
    Section 2. Address Change
      a. Address Requirements
        i.Business Address
      ii.Residence Address
      iii.Mailing Address
      b.Address Change Procedures
    Section 3. Name Change
    Section 4. Responding to Written Requests of the California Secretary of State
    Section 5. Agreements with Private Employers
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Chapter II .
Notarial Acts and Procedures
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  Part A: Tools to function as a notary Public
    Section 1. The notary journal
      a. One Active Journal
    b. Securing the Journal
    c. Sequential Recording of Official Acts
      d. Copying and Inspection of Journal
      e. Surrender, Loss or Destruction of Journal
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    Section 2. Seal
      a. Form of Seal
      b. Obtaining a Seal
    c. Securing the Seal
    d. Use of the Seal
      e. Lost or Damaged Seal; Destroying Seal
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  Part B. Types of Notary Public Acts and How to Perform the Acts
    Section 1. Essential Basics
    a. Examine Document
      i. Incomplete Documents
        ii. Foreign Language Documents
      b. Verify Identity of the Signer
        i. Satisfactory Evidence
        ii. Paper Identification Documents
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        iii. Oath or Affirmation of a Single Credible Witness
        iv. Oath or Affirmation of Two Credible Witnesses
      c. Recording Journal Entry
Video 9
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    Section 2. Acknowledgments
      a. Examine for Completeness
      b. Confirm Identity of Signer and Acknowledgment of Signature
    c. Journal Entry
      i. Sample Journal Entries
      d. Certificate of Acknowledgment
      e. Penalties
Video 10
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    Section 3. Jurats
      a. Examine for Completeness
      b. Confirm Identity
    c. Administer Oath or Affirmation and Witness Signature
    d. Journal Entry
      e. Notarial Certificate for a Jurat
      f. Jurats for Documents with Birthdates and Age
Video 11
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    Section 4. Proof of Execution by a Subscribing Witness
      a. Examine for Completeness
    b. Confirm the Identity of the Credible Witness
    c. Administer the Oaths or Affirmations
      d. Journal Entry
      e. Proof of Execution Certificate
Video 12
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    Section 5. Signature by Mark
    Section 6. Certifying Copies
    a. Certificate
    b. Journal Entry
    Section 7. Immigration Documents
    Section 8. Protests
  Section 9. Depositions
  Section 10. Confidential Marriages
Video 13
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  Part C. Fees
    Section 1. Maximum Fees Allowed
  Section 2. Required Fees
  Section 3. When Fees Cannot Be Charged
Video 14
Chapter III.
Misconduct by Notaries Public or Others Relating to Notarial Acts
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  Part A. Conflict of Interest
    Section 1. Financial Transactions
  Section 2. Real Property
  Section 3. No Conflict of Interest if Acting for Someone Else
  Part B. Giving Legal Advice/Practicing Law
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  Part C. Reasons for Commission Revocation or Suspension, or Application Denial
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  Part D. Civil Penalties
    Section 1. $1,500 Penalties Imposed by California Secretary of State on Notaries Public
  Section 2. $750 Penalties Imposed by California Secretary of State on Notaries Public
    Section 3. Other Substantial Civil Penalties
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  Part E. Felonies or Possible Felonies
    Section 1. Frauds Relating to Deed of Trust; Single-Family Residence
  Section 2. Unlawful Acts by One Not a Notary Public; Deeds of Trust on Single-Family Residences
  Section 3. Filing False or Forged Documents Relating to Single-Family Residences; False Statements to Notary Public
    Section 4. Forgery; Signatures or Seals; Corruption of Records
    Section 5. Perjury
    Section 6. Conviction
  Part F. Misdemeanors or Possible Misdemeanors
    Section 1. Failure to Deliver Records to County Clerk
  Section 2. Destruction, Defacement or Concealment of Records or Papers
    Section 3. Improper Notarial Acts, Solicitation, Coercion or Influence of Performance
    Section 4.Willful Failure to Perform Duty Relating to Official Journal or Control Notarial Seal
    Section 5. False Certificate or Writing by Officer
    Section 6. Unlawful Practice of Law
    Part G. Infractions by Notaries Public
    Summary of Fines
Final Comments for the Proof of Completion and Notary Exam