Identification Requirements for Notary’s County of Filing

  • The filing must take place in the county where the notary public maintains a principal place of business as shown in the application on file with the Secretary of State.
  • If the oath and bond are not filed within the 30-calendar-day time period, the commission will not be valid.
  • Identification Requirement:
    • At the county clerk, the notary must produce one of the following specified ID’s:
      • a California ID card or driver’s license,
      • a U.S. passport,
      • a foreign passport, or
      • a state of California employee ID issued by an agency of the state, office of a city or county of the State of California.

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