Notary Home Study Course

How to Pass the California Notary Exam

Chapter 1

What is a Notary Public?

Almost everyone needs the services of a notary sooner or later, yet the underlying purposes for the office of the Notary Public are not generally understood by much of the public whom we serve. Most people know that a notary is used when a document signer must be identified, but outside of that important role, the various additional duties of a notary are not generally known. Perhaps the best way of understanding the role of a notary public is to first examine the fundamental purpose for the office, and then expand to the duties involved in achieving that purpose.