How to Start a Notary Business

A notary public works as a verified and legal witness providing their signature in exchange for proof of identity. Standard notarized legal documents usually comprise of contracts, mortgage documents, and wills. If you’re considering giving into providing such services then here are some hints and considerations.

California Notary Classes Near Me

If you are looking for a notary public training class in Orange County; near San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, or elsewhere in the Bay Area; in San Diego, Santa Barbara, Fresno, Los Angeles, or anywhere else in California, the California Secretary of State has approved as an online provider of the required six-hour or three-hour education class.

CA Notary Application

One of the first steps to becoming a California notary public is to complete the CA notary application. The application is one of the first steps rather than the actual first step because other steps must be completed before application submission. Table of Contents Required Notary Public Education CourseCalifornia Notary ExamColor Passport PhotographWhere do I […]

California Notary Supply Requirements: What Supplies Do I Need As A Notary?

The state of California requires that notaries public need a variety of notary supplies in order to fulfill their notarial duties and actually notarize documents. It is the notary’s responsibility to carry a set of notary supplies that will enable them to perform all necessary tasks for any document they may need to certify

Online Notary Classes

online notary class

California notary public applicants can complete their three hour or six hour course of study training online through a state approved online notary public education provider.

Free Notary Training Course?

Some California notary trainers claim to offer a free online notary course, but that’s usually just to get you into the door. If you read the fine print you’ll notice that the course is free, but the proof of completion certificate isn’t.

How to Become a Real Estate Notary Public

Are you looking for how to become a real estate notary public in the state of California?

The first step to be able to notarize real estate documents is to be appointed as a notary public by the California Secretary of State. This is a requirement to be able to notarize anything.

How much does it cost to become a notary in California?

Notary Public Cost

A question that we get asked a lot is “How much does it cost to become a notary in California?”

The answer to this question isn’t as easy as you might think since there are a lot of different variables involved.

What is an Apostille or Certification?

Because foreign countries do not have access to the record of your signature and role as a notary public, apostilles and certifications are used so that they can know if your official signature is authentic, what your role is, and what your seal means.

California Approved Digital Signature Certification Authorities

In another post we introduced the topic of digital signatures by talking about secure websites. We mentioned that web browsers include built-in lists of trusted certificate providers to increase security. That doesn’t mean that certificates issued by other providers are not as secure.

What is a Digital Signature?

A digital signature is a type of electronic signature, but not all electronic signatures are digital ones. Digital signatures use cryptography to verify their authenticity.

Say “No” to “Notario Publico”

In most Latin American and Spanish-speaking countries, the term”notario público” means that the person with the title is an attorney and is authorized to both practice law and to give legal advice.


You might perform a notarization on a document that is meant to be used outside of the United States. It is important to remember that these documents require authentication by the Secretary of State.

No Delegation of Authority

This might sound like it goes without saying, but it’s a very important point. You’re the one that went through the application process and you are the one that was commissioned to be a notary public so you’re the only one that can conduct notary services.