Notary Public Registration

Service Changes Effective July 20, 2020

Effective Monday, July 20, 2020, the Clerk-Recorder Department will close its branch offices in Anaheim, Laguna Hills, and at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana.

The department's office at the County Service Center in Santa Ana will remain open but only offer over-the-counter service for the following services:

All other services are offered by mail only. 

The following services must be requested by mail. No over-the-counter service is available until further notice:

  • Official Record Copies
  • EIR Filings

For marriage services, please visit  https://www.ocrecorder.com/services/marriage-services for more information. 
For more information about the services offered by the Clerk-Recorder Department, please call the department's information line at (714) 834-2500, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays.

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

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: $7.00 for first page, $3.00 for each additional page
    Please make checks payable to: Orange County Clerk-Recorder

  6. You must complete your application online prior to visiting our offices. You can complete your application here: Online Notary Public Registration Application

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, 601 N. Ross Street, 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: $7.00 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 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.)

*Most orders are processed within 5-10 Business Days from the date the request is received. Business days do not include weekends, holidays, or delivery time to and from the office.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call our information line at (714) 834-2500. We are here to answer your questions Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays.