Becoming a Notary Public

The notary public Oakland acts as a witness in legal proceedings like when one is applying for a mortgage or when filing a lawsuit. In fact, the notary public plays a very important role in the official proceedings in a court. In Oakland, the notary public is an appointed individual who works under the supervision of the Secretary of State. The Secretary can delegate the notary to other counties in the state where there are notary publics.

The notary public in Oakland has to obtain a license to operate in the state. This license is granted by the Secretary of State upon the completion of all requirements and satisfactory scores on the notary publics’ examination. This exam is designed to screen applicants who have passed the test and to keep abreast of new technological advances that might affect the notary’s ability to give legal notary services. It also tests notary publics’ knowledge about notary publics’ duties.

The notary publics in Oakland receive notarial business letters from the counties that they serve. These letters usually include requirements such as the notary’s name and address, fee schedule, insurances, notary commission, signature of authority, and other contact information. The notary publics in Oakland also get printed business cards with their notary license number and name and address. Business cards give the notary a physical address and a way to be reached at any time. They are often laminated so that the notary’s signature will still appear after it is printed.

Once all the necessary documents have been received, the notary public orders the documents to be printed and notarized. The notary public then notarizes the documents and either signs them or notarizes them again. The notary public then becomes the legal witness to the legal process.

When a notary is asked to take an oath of office, the notary public must swear or affirm in front of witnesses. This oath of office must be taken in the presence of the notary public of Oakland and sworn to by each witness. There is generally a sworn statement that accompanies the notarization: “I swear (or affirm) that the information contained in the notarized document as contained in the notarized instrument, which I obtained directly or by means of notarial copies, is true, correct, and certified.” There are some counties that allow the notary only to certify the signature of one person and have that person swear or affirm in front of another witness, but such a practice is not common.

A notary bond is another important condition for a notary public. This is an insurance policy that provides financial protection for the notary from personal liability in the event that the notary does not sign the documents as required or as stated in the notary publics’ application. The financial responsibility of the notary protects him/her from personal loss should the notary commit a fraud or a clerical error. The bond generally requires that the notary publicly accept the responsibility of handling the notarized document and have it recorded.

A notary commission expires when the notary completes his/her term. If at any time the notary fails to complete the term, the County Recorder has the authority to appoint a new commission for a specific period of time. When appointing a new commission, the County Recorder typically requests the name of a previous commission. This allows the new commission to effectively begin serving immediately.

A notary public can operate a notary public company in California as long as he/she is not considered a broker. This means that the notary public will not represent more than one person. The California Notary Franchisee Association can assist you in determining if a notary public company is the right business for you. To learn more about becoming a notary public or other important legal issues concerning the notary profession, visit the California Notary Association’s website today.