What Do California Notaries Do?

 Do you have a document in your hand you need to have notarized and have no idea how to locate a notary or what one does or charges? Our notaries are here to assist you every step of the process. Keep in mind a notary in the United States has a much different job role than in other countries. https://notariatstoica.ro/ We are not lawyers and cannot give legal advice.

With that disclaimer in place, let us educate you on just what a notary is and what the notary can do for you. A notary is an impartial third party, with no vested interest in the document or documents you are presenting them with. What this means is the notary is not named within the document itself and has no financial interest.

The notary's job is simple. You personally appear before a notary (the person named in the document and signing it), present proper photo ID and sign the document in the presence of the notary. DO NOT sign the document prior to appearing before the notary. As notaries, we are not interested in the documents content, but will look at the document for obvious blank areas (which will need to be filled in or crossed out). We will note the type of document in our notary journal, along with your ID information and the date and time. That's all a notary does.

Once the document is signed, we will sign and stamp your document, provided there is correct notary language. If correct notary language does not exist, we will attached a sheet with the correct notary language for California, sign and stamp that sheet.

The completed notarized document will be presented back to you, the client, and a fee will be collected. Below are the fees a notary in the state of California can charge:

Notarization with Acknowledgement - $10
Notarization with Jurat - $10

Certified Copy Power of Attorney - $10
Per Protest of Non-Payment - $10
Per Notice of Protest - $5
Recording a Protest - $5
Per Deposition - $20*

* Does not include $5 Oath and $5 for Certificate

Keep in mind that the above fees are defined by the Secretary of State of California and may not include all fees charged by a notary public. As some notaries offer mobile notary services, those service fees are considered additional fees. Also note that not all notaries charged the same fees for services such as mobile notary and some are more qualified in understanding your document needs.

Some documents which cannot be notarized such as vital records (birth, death and marriage certificates). If your vital record has a doctors signature at the bottom of the page (name followed by M.D.) and you are planning to use this document outside the US through a process called an Apostille, the doctor's signature will need to be verified prior to the Apostille process. This verification can ONLY be done through the County Clerk for the County in which it was issued. A notary cannot simply place their seal on the document.


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