What are Notary Services?
Some documents need to be notarized in order to be legally binding. The Notary Public is a trained individual who certifies that the documents have been completed correctly.
What can be notarized?
Documents most commonly notarized, but not limited to, are: Sworn Statement, Quitclaim Deed, Statement of Consent (for application for Passport for child under age 16), Application for Duplicate or Paperless Title, Power of Attorney, Deed of Trust, Release and Waiver, Parental Consent for Travel, Affidavit of Forgery, Assignment, Certificate of Authorship, Certificate of Identity, Plea Form, Rental Agreement, Grant Deed, Deed of Trust, Compliance Agreement, Name Affidavit, Durable Power of Attorney, Power of Attorney for Health Care/Advance Health Care Directive, Spousal Waiver, Demand Letter, Guaranty, Contract, Student Enrollment Verification, Amendment to Revocable Trust, Intercreditor Agreement, Modification Agreement, Subordination Agreement, Resignation of Trustee, Unclaimed Property Form, Authorization, Living Trust, Bill of Sale.
Do I need an appointment to get a document notarized?
You don't need to make an appointment, but it is preferred to ensure availability for in office notary services. We also provide a mobile notary service where we will come to you but you will need to make an appointment at least 24 hours in advance.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
You will need to provide proof of identity when you sign your documents, in California acceptable forms of identification are;
- An identification card or driver’s license issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
- A United States passport.
- An inmate identification card issued by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, if the inmate is in custody in California state prison.
- Any form of inmate identification issued by a sheriff’s department, if the inmate is in custody in a local detention facility.
A California notary public may also rely on any one of the following forms of identification. These forms of ID must include a photograph, description of the person, signature of the person, and an identifying number.
- A valid consular identification document issued by a consulate from the applicant’s country of citizenship, or a valid passport from the applicant’s country of citizenship.
- A driver’s license issued by another state or by a Canadian or Mexican public agency authorized to issue driver’s licenses.
- An identification card issued by another state.
- A United States military identification card (caution: current military identification cards might not contain all the required information).
- An employee identification 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.
- An identification card issued by a federally recognized tribal government.
Keep in mind these forms of identification must either be current, or have been issued within the past 5 years.
If you don't have one of these forms of identification then two credible witnesses will need to vouch for you. A credible witness must personally know the signer. In accordance with California law these individuals are required to present a valid form of identification, take an oath and sign the notary journal. A credible witness must neither be named in, nor benefit financially from the document being signed.