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FAQ’s

What is a Notary Public?

A Notary Public is an individual who satisfies an individual state's requirements and obtains a commission to verify the authenticity of signatures and signers identities on many types of documents.

Why do I need a Notary Public?

Commerce depends on the integrity of documents such as real estate deeds; financial contracts and agreements; and other legal and health care forms and documents. In order for some of these documents to be accepted, they are required to be notarized to help deter fraudulent activity.
With the advent of computers, technology and the Internet today, there is an increasing amount of identity theft and corporate corruption that require businesses and organizations to have some form of checks and balances.

Notarization acts as a balancing tool to help protect the public as well as the businesses from illegal and intentional fraudulent activities.

How are Notary fees determined?

All notarization fees are based on the California Government Code 8211 which allows notaries to charge a maximum of $15 per each notarized signature and an additional travel fee, which must be disclosed separate from the notary service.

What is a "Mobile" notary public?

A mobile notary public will come to your location to notarize your documents. They travel to banks, financial institutions, business offices, residence and other facilities. They offer convenient service hours and will schedule appointments for evenings and weekends as well as regular business hours. They are available for emergency service 24/7. The State of California allows a notary to charge a travel fee in addition to the mandated $15.00 per signature fee.

What is a Notary Background Check Certification?

Certification services allows notary public signing agents to become certified and background screened, and to list their certifications in a single-source verification registry. Notary public clients, employers and contractors may use the NPBC verification registry to confirm that a background check has been performed on participating notaries public and also to verify that they have access to privacy compliance training.

What Identification is required for notarization? From State of California Notary Handbook

Paper Identification Documents
Identity of the signer can be established by the notary public’s reasonable reliance on the presentation of any one of the following documents, if the identification document is current or has been issued within five years (Civil Code section1185(b)(3) & (4)):

  • An identification card or driver’s license issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles;
  • A United States passport;
  • Other California-approved identification card, consisting of any one of the following, provided that it also contains a photograph, description of the person, signature of the person, and an identifying number:

a. A passport issued by a foreign government, A valid consular identification
document by a consular 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 driver’s licenses;
c. An identification card issued by another state;
d. A United States military identification card with the required photograph, description of
the person, signature of the person, and an identifying number. (Some military identification cards do not contain all the required information.);
e. An inmate identification card issued by the California Department of Corrections and
Rehabilitation, if the inmate is in custody; or any form of inmate identification issued by a Sheriff's department, if the inmate is in custody in a local detention facility;
f. An employee identification card issued by an agency or office of the State of California,
or an agency or office of a city, county, or city and county in California.

Note: The notary public must include in his or her journal the type of identifying document, the
governmental agency issuing the document, the serial or identifying number of the document,
and the date of issue or expiration of the document that was used to establish the identity of
the signer. (Government Code section 8206(a)(2)(D))

 
 
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