Becoming A Notary In California by Craig Mullins Consulting

The demand for Becoming A Notary In California has never seen a decline. In fact, in our fast-paced modern society, their demand has sky-rocketed. Governments across the globe are encouraging entrepreneurship like never before. 

With the increase in the number of businesses, the number of businesses and other types of transactions are increasing day by day. 

Moreover, due to the reduction in communication hurdles, people are readily thronging the judiciary with their disputes and cases – small and big ones too. 

All the events mentioned above require the presence and use of public notaries. 

A notary public is a person who is responsible for verifying and approving various types of documents that are involved in the daily course of functioning of society. 

A notary acts in an unbiased and impartial manner and authenticates various types of documents. Law requires documents like property deeds, agreements, letters, mortgage-related documents, loan agreements, adoption agreements, etc. to be authenticated and signed by a notary public.

Becoming a notary has numerous benefits. 

Firstly, it doesn’t require you to work on a fixed schedule. A notary is a type of freelancer who can work according to their requirements and can set his/her work hours in a way that can supplement his income. To illustrate, if you are involved in a corporate day job, you can function as a notary in the evenings. 

Secondly, the moral, ethical and professional skills that a notary acquires during his working time are usually given more preference. These skills can help you climb the corporate ladder, or get hired by your dream company. 

Lastly, a notary public acquires immense respect and goodwill in society. A notary works so that society can function smoothly. He/she works relentlessly to ensure that people involved in various transactions and events are not exploited by frauds and thefts.

There are around 147,000 California notaries presently, and soon the numbers are going to rise. To be a California notary, you will have to follow a few steps to become a California notary.

  1. Check if you are eligible. (The eligibility conditions set by the Secretary of State require you to – be 18 years or older, be a legal resident of California state, and to have a clean criminal record).
  2. If you find yourself eligible, you have to mandatorily opt for a 6-hour California notary class and then you have to fill the registration form.
  3. Appear and pass the California notary exam (score 70+). Before the test, you will be required to pay $40 and a few ID proofs and certificates.
  4. Approach an SoS-approved Live Scan facility for your background check.
  5. Upon successful completion of the background check, you will be mailed the requisite notary package containing different certificates and documents.
  6.  Apply for the mandatory $15,000 surety and an oath.
  7. Purchase the required notary supplies like stamps and seals from SoS-approved suppliers.


The job of notary broadly is to identify and eliminate fraudulent and coercive transactions and activities, so that the society can function and progress smoothly, without any hassles. 

In a way, apart from the monetary advantage, a notary helps our society flourish and successfully contributes a lot to the community. 

Craig Mullins Consulting

3809 Yosemite Ct N

Pleasanton, CA 94588

(925) 963-2857

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