Becoming a Notary

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Every person appointed as a notary public shall:

Child Support

Applicants found to be non-compliant with child or family support orders will be issued temporary term commissions. Notaries found to be non-compliant after the commission is issued may be subject to commission suspension or revocation.

State law requires all applicants be fingerprinted as part of a background check prior to being granted an appointment as a notary public. Information concerning the fingerprinting requirement will be mailed to candidates who pass the examination.

You are required to disclose on your application any arrests for which trial is pending and all convictions. Convictions dismissed under Penal Code Section 1203.4 or 1203.4a must be disclosed. If you have any questions concerning the disclosure of convictions or arrests, contact the Secretary of State prior to signing the application.

If you do not recall the specifics about your arrest(s) and or conviction(s), you can contact the California Department of Justice at (916) 227-3849.

The Secretary of State will recommend denial of an application for the following reasons:

Failure to disclose any arrest; or Conviction; or Conviction of a felony; or Conviction of a disqualifying misdemeanor where not more than 10 years have passed since the completion of probation. The most common disqualifying convictions are listed below; however, this list is not all-inclusive:


These costs assume you take the Notary Class from Get Smart Notary School and follow our recommendations when purchasing your necessary supplies and coverage. We have listed below ALL COSTS associated with becoming a Notary Public. Fingerprints are now required for both new and renewing notaries public. Please check and see if the other schools will give a breakdown of ALL COSTS to become a Notary Public.