Qualifications to being a Notary
Will I qualify as a notary?
A Notary Public is an official that serves the public in an important and neutral manner. Their role provides a means to deter fraud within the community while protecting persons involved in important transactions. For this reason, the State of California has implemented rules before one can become a notary.
The following qualifications must be met before one can serve as a notary in California:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be a legal resident of California
- Must be physical street address for primary residence (PO Box not acceptable)
- 6 Hour State approved training course at least one time – or- 3 Hour Refresher Course for reappointment.
- Pass proctored notary exam
- Be found a person of Integrity
- Pass a Background Check
- Submission of fingerprints to the Department of Justice and the FBI
- Submit a Notary Application disclosing any trials or pending convictions