What You Should Know About the Notary process

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What is a Notary?

A Notary Public is an official of integrity appointed by the secretary of state — to serve the public as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official fraud-deterrent acts related to the signing of important documents. These official acts are called notarizations, or notarial acts. Notaries are publicly commissioned as “ministerial” officials, meaning that they are expected to follow written rules without the exercise of significant personal discretion, as would otherwise be the case with a “judicial” official

What do I need to bring with me to the signing?

The Notary Public must see one of the following forms of identification before providing a Notary Service in Yuba City or anywhere in California:

  • A California driver’s license or nondriver’s ID
  • A U.S. passport (or passport card)
  • An inmate identification card issued by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation if the inmate is in prison or any form of inmate identification issued by a sheriff’s department if the inmate is in custody in a local detention facility
  • California also permits the following IDs, provided they include a photograph, signature, description of the person and a serial or ID number:
  • A driver’s license or official nondriver’s ID issued by a U.S. state
  • A Canadian or Mexican driver’s license issued by an appropriate public agency
  • A U.S. military ID
  • A valid foreign passport from the applicant’s country of citizenship
  • An employee ID issued by an agency or office of a California city, county, or city and county
  • An identification card issued by a federally recognized tribal government
  • A valid consular identification document issued by a consulate from the applicant’s country of citizenship that meets specific requirements. (Note: Matricula consular cards issued by the government of Mexico do not meet California's statutory requirements.)
  • Any of the identification documents listed above must be current or issued within the past five years in order to be accepted by California Notaries. Loan Signing in Yuba City


I don't have an acceptable ID. Can I still have a document notarized?

In most cases, yes.  If none of the  types of  Identification listed are available, or it would be excessively difficult for the document signer to obtain them, two additional persons who do have acceptable identification may be present who will swear to the signer's identity. The two individuals have to be over the age of 18, have valid identification ready for inspection and recording in the notaries journal and must swear or affirm, under penalty of perjury, that they personally know the signer.  They will also need to be present at the time of witnessing and sign the notary journal.

Can you notarize at my office, a jail, a hospital?

Yes.  We can travel to most any location you are comfortable with.

I was sent a document from out of state. Can this document be notarized by a California Notary?

In most cases yes, wherever you are at the time of notarization, will be listed on the notary certificate as the "venue." The venue determines the specific state laws that are to be followed when notarizing a document.  Every Notary Public is bound by the laws of the state they are commissioned in. 

What Forms of Payments Do You Accept?

We accept Visa, Mastercard, Money orders, Google Pay, Pay Pal and Cash.