Receiving Your Notary Commission
Within 8-10 weeks upon submitting your live scan, you will receive your notary Commission from the Secretary of State. There are times when the Secretary of State may take a few extra weeks to process these background checks, so you should not be surprised if you have not received your commission within the expected time frame.
Your letter of commission will include your sequential commission number and an authorization to manufacture your notary seal. If, for any reason, you must manufacture additional seals anytime during your commission, you must obtain authorization from the Secretary of State who will forward you a new application to manufacture a notary seal.
Instructions will also be provided which indicate that you have 30 calendar days to do the following:
- File a surety bond of $15,000 (purchased from a California admitted surety firm) with the county clerk in the county in which you plan to operate as your principal place of business.
- Take, subscribe and file an oath of office with the county clerk in the county in which you plan to operate as your principal place of business.