Notary Public Registration Information

To become a notary public, contact the California Secretary of State Notary Public Information Desk at (916) 263-3520.

After you receive your state commission certificate, you may file your Notary Bond and Oath of Office with our office. Before filing, please check that the following information in your commission packet is correct:

  • First, middle and last name
  • Address
  • County

To File In Person

You may file your Notary Bond and Oath of Office in person at any of our three office locations (the Hall of Records in Santa Ana, historic downtown Fullerton and Laguna Hills Civic Center).

Please bring the following with you:

  1. Original commission certificate
  2. Bond signed by you as the principal. (Your name must match your certificate exactly; for example, if your certificate has your full middle name your bond must show your full middle name.)
  3. Two oaths of office forms, unsigned
  4. Government issued identification card
  5. Filing fees:
    • Registration fee: $28.00
    • Bond recording fee: $6.00 for first page, $3.00 for each additional page
    • Please make checks payable to: Orange County Clerk-Recorder

To File By Mail

Before mailing, please bring the following with you to a notary public within the County of Orange to be notarized:

  1. Original commission certificate
  2. Two completed oath of office forms, unsigned
  3. Applicable fee for notarization

You may mail your materials and request for filing (as outlined below) by certified mail to the Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department, 12 Civic Center Plaza, Room 106, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Please include the following:

  1. A photocopy of your commission certificate
  2. Original bond, signed by you as the principal
  3. Two completed oath of office forms, each copy originally signed by you and the notary that administered the oath
  4. Filing fees:
    • Registration fee: $28.00
    • Bond Recording fee: $6.00 for first page, $3.00 for each additional page
    • Please make checks payable to Orange County Clerk-Recorder
  5. A self addressed, stamped envelope
  6. A photocopy of your bond
  7. A letter requesting a “conformed” copy of the bond for confirmation of filing
  8. A phone number where you can be reached during the day. (If there are issues with your oath, we may be able to make a correction over the phone, depending on the situation.)