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Notary Public Services

I am also a State of California appointed Notary Public in addition to being an attorney.  Therefore, I am able to notarize the documents I draft and allow clients to come to my office to have this necessary process taken care of.  I am also able to notarize other legal documents brought to me for review.

What is a Notary Public? A Notary Public is a person of proven integrity appointed by the government to serve the public as an impartial witness in taking acknowledgments, administering oath and affirmations, and performing other acts authorizing by law.

How much does a notarization cost? Generally, the cost is $10 per signature. There may be other fees as designated by government statutes.

What do you need to bring for a notarization? The following types of identification are acceptable if they are current and have been issued within the last 5 years: 
1) An I.D. card or driver’s license issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles;

2) A United States passport;

3) Other California-approved I.D. card, consisting of any one of the following, provided that it also contains a photograph, description of the person, signature of the person, and an identifying number:

4) A passport issued by a foreign government, provided that it has been stamped by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service or the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services;

5) A driver’s license issued by another state or by a Canadian or Mexican public agency authorized to issue driver’s licenses;

6) An I.D. card issued by another state;

7) A United States military I.D. card with the required photograph, description of the person, signature of the person, and an identifying number. (Some military I.D. cards do not contain all the required information.);

8) An inmate I.D. card issued by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, if the inmate is in custody.

9) An employee I.D. card issued by an agency or office of the State of California, or an agency or office of a city, county, or city and county in California.

Why are documents notarized? To deter fraud. An impartial witness (the Notary) ensures that the signers of documents are who they say they are and not impostors. The Notary makes sure that signers have entered into agreements knowingly and willingly.

What do we NOT notarize? Incomplete documents Copies of Birth, Death or Marriage Records.  (We are allowed to notarize Affidavit of Birth, Marriage, or Death. Documents signed outside our presence.  Documents without proper notarial wording.