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 County 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
To register in person:
1. Click HERE to complete your application
2. Click HERE to book your appointment
i. Original notary commission certificate issued from the Secretary of State
ii. Two (2) unsigned oaths of office issued by the Secretary of State
iii. Original bond in the amount of $15,000 indicating the same dates referenced on the oaths of office for a term of four (4) years and signed by a notary (principal)
iv. Copy of the bond to be conformed (optional)
v. Valid government-issued photo ID
vi. Payment: we accept credit/debit card, cash, check, and money order
If you wish to speak to a Deputy County Clerk, please call (951) 486-7000.