Notary Public Registration

What is the process?

Step 1: Obtain Notary Oath and Commission

You must meet all the requirements of the Secretary of State's Office to become a Notary Public.

Step 2: Obtain Notary Public Bond

Registrant must contact an insurance or surety company and obtain a Notary Public bond in favor of the State of California naming the registrant as principal, and covering the term of the commission, in the amount of $15,000.

Step 3: File your Notary Oath and Record your Notary Bond

To complete the registration process for a Notary Public the following is required within thirty (30) days of the date of your Commission:

You can submit your oath and bond by the following methods:

  1. In-person at the Clerk-Recorder office in San Luis Obispo during regular business hours except during a County holiday. Registrant will be required to show valid photo identification. 

  2. By certified mail. You will need to appear before a valid Notary with valid photo identification to have the Notary administer the oath. Send the two acknowledged Notary Oaths, signed Notary Bond, and appropriate filing and recording fees to the County Clerk-Recorder office by certified mail. 

Who can use this service?

Anyone who has successfully passed the Secretary of State's Notary examination may register as a Notary public.  

The filing of the Notary Oath and recording of the Bond must occur in the county where the Notary maintains his/her principal place of business.

Is there a charge for this service?

Please refer to the Clerk-Recorder's Fee Schedule.

When and where is this service offered?

This service is available anytime throughout the year at the Clerk-Recorder office in San Luis Obispo during regular business hours except during County observed holidays.

Location, directions and hours of operation

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