What is a California Notary Public?
A Notary Public is a civil servant commissioned by the California Secretary of State who is authorized to authenticate signatures and administer oaths. Accordingly, honesty, credibility, truthfulness and integrity are essential and required of all Notaries Public. The Secretary of State maintains and enforces minimum qualification standards to protect the public and ensure that Notaries thoroughly understand and abide by the applicable laws in the performance of their duties and responsibilities. Persons with felony convictions are disqualified from notary public commissioning.
What are the benefits of becoming a Notary Public?
As a Notary Public, you become more attractive to your current and prospective employers. Notaries are always needed in Real Estate, Banking, Law and other professions.
How Do I qualify to become a Notary Public?
To qualify to become a California Notary Public, you must:
- Be a resident of the State of California and at least 18 years old
- Pass a written examination
- Read, write, and understand English
- Pass a background check (be fingerprinted - no felony convictions)
What is required to take the California Notary Exam?
The best way is to take a one day class at a community college where you take the test the same day.