Prepare for your Notary Appointment

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See and prepare for notary prerequisites here.

7 Steps to Prepare for your notary appointment


1. Bring current picture ID.

All signers will have active (not expired) government issued picture identification at notary appointment. (Bringing 2 IDs is better)

  • Passport
  • Driver’s License / State ID
  • Military ID
  • or 2 Witnesses w/ ID

2. ID name matches document name. (Exact match)

An ID must show more or ‘equal to’ the name indicated on the document for a notary to identify you in that manner as mandated by California Law.  (Formula: Identification Name  > or = Document  Name)

3. Signer and notary can communicate

All signers can speak the same language as the notary conducting the transaction. Please indicate if your signer will need a notary that is bilingual. At the notary appointment, Spanish speakers will need a Spanish speaking notary, French will need French Speaking, Etc.

4. Signers agree to the documents in advance, being fully at peace with the situation.

All agreements/discussions should be finalized and agreed upon before scheduling. Potential signers should be willing and at peace with the situation, having fully reviewed and understood the nature of the documents to be signed in advance. All signers are openly willing to sign the document on their own accord. A notary is unable to proceed with transaction if their are signs of unwillingness, duress, uncertainty, or coercion.

5. Signers are Completely of sound mind. 

It is particularly common that we have requests for sick or elderly signers. SD Signings is unable to provide notary for disoriented, medicated, or with questionable capacity. SD Signings will ask a series of questions to determine a person’s ability to make sound decisions for themselves. 

Signers should show a mental capacity to discern the magnitude of the situation. California law mandates all signers will be of sound mind and competent before the notary.  

6. Documents Completed and ready in advance.

By law, documents being notarized are to be filled entirely before notarization.   A notary is unable to draft or assist with completion of documents. Contact the receiving agency or an attorney for assistance.

7. Schedule your Notary Appointment Online Now!

Click “schedule notary” button to schedule. The calendar has availability one day out to give all signers and the notary enough time to be prepared for the appointment. This provides time to ensure that documents have been reviewed, proof-checked, and completed in their entirety. 

Streamline your signing!

Send your document to us in advance. This will streamline your appointment. We will have our certificates ready and can proof-check for best notary processing in advance. We will gladly print up to 25 pages b/w, at no extra charge. The notary will bring documents to the signing.

Streamlined single document signings are usually completed in 5 or less minutes.


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Schedule now, pay after appointment.


SD Signings is the BEST!  I use SD Signings multiple times per week – I am an estate planning attorney, and SD Signings notarizes my clients’ estate planning documents. They offer incredible package deals, and top notch service. Use SD Signings – you will not regret it!
Ashley Teague

Attorney at Law, Teague Law

SD Signings is amazing. I was in a hurry, and like normal, somewhat of a complex case. SD Signings came to the rescue. Professional, reliable, and GREAT! Thanks SD Signings. We will be using you for all our Notary needs!!!

Chris Guess

Missionary, ABWE

We have used our notary on more than one occasion in notarizing our documents. Our notary showed up on time and was very thorough and patient with us throughout our signing. Without a doubt, he will always be first on our list when it comes to notary and we highly recommend him for your future signings!

Julia Zamba

Realtor, Ferreira Group

Patrick has done great work for our company. He always shows up on time and performs his trade as well as anybody. His prices are fair and I will continue to use Patrick in the future. Thank you so much for your knowledge and professionalism.

Todd Toback

CEO and Founder, Get It Done House Buyers Inc.