CORONAVIRUS SERVICE ALERT
Riverside County's Executive Officer ordered the closure of county buildings to fight the spread of COVID-19. The closures are planned through Labor Day. However, this date will be evaluated regularly. Click here to view our Remote Service Options.
On May 8, 2020, Governor Newsom signed an executive order (N-63-20) extending notary commissions expiring March 1, or after, for an additional 60 days. Notaries public whose term has been extended by this order must make a special annotation for each notarial act, as prescribed in the order. Additionally, notaries public must maintain a valid surety bond during the term of the extension. You may read Executive Order N-63-20 by clicking HERE.
On June 30, 2020, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-71-20 extending the time frames in Executive Order N-63-20 an additional 120 days.
Registering by Certified Mail
To process a Notary Public application by mail you must forward to the County Clerk, by Certified Mail or any other means of physical delivery that provides a receipt, the following:
The County Clerk's office will verify the documents, file and record the bond, forward it to the Recorder's office, issue the oath of office for the Secretary of State, and the signature card for the County Clerk's office.
No customer copy of the bond will be returned unless a self-addressed stamped envelope, is provided. Once the notary receives the customer copy of the bond, they may start notarizing documents. The original bond will be returned in approximately 3-4 weeks.
All Notary Oaths filed by mail must be sent to P.O. Box 751, Riverside, CA 92502-0751. If the oath is sent to any other address, there is no guarantee that it will be received at the correct office for processing in a timely manner. Documents must be received by the Clerk's office at least 10 days prior to the filing due date that appears on your oath.
For additional information, please contact any one of the County Clerk's office locations during regular business hours.
Registering in Person
Due to the recent CORONAVIRUS office closures, in-person services are currently unavailable. Notary Public services can still be accomplished by utilizing the Registering by Certified Mail option. See above instructions.
If you wish to speak to a Deputy County Clerk, please call (951) 486-7000 (Riverside); (760) 863-8732 (Palm Desert).