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Notary Public

We are duly commissioned by the Secretary of State of California. Bonded, insured and background checked. Please note: I am not an attorney and, therefore, cannot give legal advice about immigration or any other legal matters. California notaries public are prohibited from performing any duties that may be construed as the unlawful practice of law. Among the acts which constitute the practice of law are the preparation, drafting, or selection or determination of the kind of any legal document, or giving advice in relation to any legal documents or matters. If asked to perform such tasks, a California notary public should decline and refer the requester to an attorney. Please remember; in most cases the notary must witness your signature so do not sign any documents until you meet with the notary. You will also need current photo identification, such as a driver license, state ID card or passport or US passport card, that must be presented to the notary at the time of the document signing.

Immigration Documents

Contrary to popular belief, there is no prohibition against notarizing immigration documents. However, several laws specifically outline what a notary public can and cannot do; Only an attorney, a representative accredited by the U.S. Department of Justice, or a person who is registered by the California Secretary of State and bonded as an immigration consultant under the Business and Professions Code may assist a client in completing immigration forms. (Business and Professions Code section 22440) Communication with a customer When notarizing a signature on a document, a notary public must be able to communicate with the customer in order for the signer either to swear to or affirm the contents of the affidavit or to acknowledge the execution of the document. An interpreter should not be used, as vital information could be lost in the translation. If a notary public is unable to communicate with a customer, the customer should be referred to a notary public who speaks the customer’s language.

Notarization Fee

California Government Code sections 8211 and 8223 were amended as follows: 8211. Fees charged by a notary public for the following services shall not exceed the fees prescribed by this section. (a) For taking an acknowledgment or proof of a deed, or other instrument, to include the seal and the writing of the certificate, the sum of fifteen dollars ($15) for each signature taken. (b) For administering an oath or affirmation to one person and executing the jurat, including the seal, the sum of fifteen dollars ($15).

For notary services we accept

Cash, Zelle or Venmo All fees are due at the time of service. Checks are NOT accepted!

ID requirements

1. There is reasonable reliance on any one of the following forms of identification, provided it is current or was issued within 5 years: a. An identification card or driver’s license issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles; b. A United States passport; 2. There is reasonable reliance on any one of the following forms of identification, provided it is current or was issued within 5 years, provided that it also contains a photograph, description of the person, signature of the person, and an identifying number: a. A valid consular identification document issued by a consulate from the applicant’s country of citizenship, or a valid passport (USCIS stamp is no longer required as of January 1, 2017), from the applicant’s country of citizenship; b. A driver’s license issued by another state or by a Canadian or Mexican public agency authorized to issue drivers’ licenses; c. An identification card issued by another state; d. An identification card issued by any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States (caution: current military identification cards may not have all of the required elements); e. An employee identification card issued by an agency or office of the State of California, or by an agency or office of a city, county, or city and county in California; f. An identification card issued by a federally recognized tribal government. The Matrícula Consular de Alta Seguridad (MCAS) and Credencial Para Votar are NOT acceptable identification for notarization due to lack of required information on the ID.