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Why You Should Consider a Career as a Notary Public in California

California, arguably one of the most beautiful states in the US, is also one of the best places to raise a family and work

California is not only impressive through its beautiful exterior; it is also one of the largest economies in the world.

Economy wise, it is the most developed state of the US and, globally, if it were to be looked at as a country,

A well-developed economy leads to having a very evolved job market, in which, for as many people that live and work in California, quality has priority.

California would rank as the sixth largest economy in the world. And with the film industry and technology sector having California as their birthplace, this ranking makes perfect sense. California is the place to be, the Mecca of film, internet, technologies and notary public.


And this is why.

Currently, there are approximately 160,000 notaries in California. For an estimated population of almost 40,000,000 people, this means that there is a notary public for every 250 people. For a grand total of approximately 4,000,000 notaries in the US, California is ranked 5th as the state with the highest number of notaries.

Coming back to the fact that California is one of the most expensive states to live in, as well as one of the states with the highest incomes, this statistic translates into the notary public profession as well. That being said, California is the state with the highest income in the US for being a notary public. Notaries here make on average $60,000 per year, a very big departure from the average notary public income across the US, which is approximately $45,000. If you take into account the fact that becoming a notary public requires no actual degree or university level studies, being a notary public appears to actually be a legitimate career option. Contrary to a very common misconception, the notary public is not a law school graduate. However, the notary could have prior legal training, but it is not a prerequisite.


Currently, becoming a notary public in California requires a person to obtain a notary commission. A notary commission is granted by passing the California notary exam, which tests the knowledge and abilities of a person based on the applicable laws and provisions in force regarding the notary public profession. Apart from the notary exam, a person must also pass a criminal background check in order to become a notary public. This verifies that said person is legally and morally capable of exercising this profession. For a smooth and proper notarization process, it is essential that clients have complete trust in the person providing notary services, both in their character and integrity, as well as in their professional capabilities and knowledge. Once all conditions have been met, the notary commission is issued by the Secretary of State, thus the candidate is appointed notary public.

In trying to offer some additional protection to all clients working with a notary public, which might be affected should the notary perform his/her duties poorly, the legal provisions on the notary public profession in force in California have provided for an obligation for each notary to file an official bond prior to beginning to provide notary services. Basically, any notary commissioned in the State of California must execute an official bond in the amount of $15,000. This obligation, regulated by Section 8212 of the California Government Code, is to be complied with no later than 30 days after the beginning of the term provided in the notary commission. The notary bond does not exist in order to protect the notary, but the clients, as a preexisting fund in case any damage occurs due to the manner in which the notary performs his/her duties in the notarization process. The bond amount is fixed, regardless of the value of the potential damage caused to a client, meaning that the bond may fully or just partially cover it.


The notary public profession, which is a very lucrative one, is a very important element of concluding some particular types of documents, which need to be notarized, as an additional condition provided by law. Some of the most important and commonly notarized documents are: loan signing documents, real estate documents, powers of attorney, acknowledgements, and jurats, deeds and living trusts, as well as health care directives.

While the notarization process does not, in itself, give any additional legal effects to a document that is already binding for the parties signing it, having a document notarized by a notary public attests only to the fact that the formal requirements for concluding said document have been complied with. Easier put, the notary public is a public officer invested with the authority to act as a witness to the signing of a document. The completion of a notarization does not make the document legally binding, nor does it make it valid or the notary public legally responsible for its content and performance. The notary public solely ensures that the persons signing the document are in fact who they say they are, by way of checking a valid identification document and that the signers, in apparent full physical and mental capacity, without any apparent pressure or threat, either mental or physical, have consented to the conclusion of the document being notarized. The notary public also attests to the fact that the clients have signed before him/her, thus concluding the notarial certificate, which is attached or incorporated in the notarized document.

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The notary public profession does not require a full-time commitment, as it depends on the availability of each person. This profession ranges anywhere from a part-time commitment to a full-time job and it may be performed in addition to other job titles as well, such as office assistant, human resources manager, paralegal, bank clerk, postal services officer etc. Also depending on personal choices, a notary public may be self-employed or work in a company, small or large, as well as the US government itself. A notary public may also choose to travel to his/her clients in order to provide notary services, in which case this is called being a mobile notary public or a traveling notary public. In this case, the notary charges, in addition to the notary services fees applicable for notarial acts, a traveling fee that may range in cost depending on multiple factors – the distance traveled, the day of the week when the notary services are rendered, the time of day of the request (during business hours, in the evening, at night time), the urgency of the notary request (right away, the same day, by way of appointment a few days prior).

Focusing on two of the most representative urban areas in California, the notary profession is a booming business in the crowded and expensive urban areas of San Francisco Bay Area and the greater Los Angeles area. These northern and southern parts of the state are highly populated and, as all services in the state of California, notary services are quite costly as well. Given the fact that the ratio between offer and demand is rather balanced, the notary business is a pretty good income provider. Also, for any person in need of a notary public, there is a consistent offer in the marketplace, for either traveling or non-traveling notaries, depending on the requirements of each client.


San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay Area is an area known for its high quality of life, its beautiful and expensive real estate, its diverse culture and its friendly and inviting population. The Bay Area is ground zero for all major technology companies, therefore all aspects of day to day life are at the highest levels. There are multiple opportunities for both notaries to get lucrative notary jobs, as well as for the clients in need of a notarization, to obtain said service.

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In San Francisco at least, there are numerous ways to find a notary public, either by way of locating a notary services business, by traveling to the local bank or post office or even in-house in your company. Since being a notary is not necessarily a full-time exclusive job, odds are someone is your own company – an office assistant, a paralegal, a legal adviser etc. – is certified and has a notary public commission.


The Los Angeles area is located in Southern California, a region known for its cultural and ethnic diversity, for its beautiful scenery and ocean coast, its warm weather, as well as its thriving economy. Los Angeles is known as the center point of the entertainment industry, mainly for its film and music industries, attracting people from all over the world wanting to taste the Hollywood experience. Los Angeles is the home of some of the richest and most influential people, thus making its real estate, banking and overall financial markets some of the strongest in the US.

With so many people living in Los Angeles and the greater LA area, there are a multitude of notary public opportunities here. With both traveling and non-traveling notaries, the market offers a good balance to a constant demand and a steady workflow for all notary services available.


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