Become a California Notary

We make it simple to become a notary in California — here are the steps to take to get started:

Steps for becoming a California notary

1. Be sure you meet California requirements.

You must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be a legal California resident
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be able to read and write English
  • Not have had a felony conviction

2. Fill out our online form.

Get started with our easy to complete online form — you can finish in minutes. This is where you will purchase your $15,000 bond which is part of your notary package. Mandatory education is required by California, and Notary of America details the process. Pay online with our safe checkout page. We make it fast and convenient.

3. Provide your notary bond information to apply online with the state.

Notary of America provides simple instructions for this step, so you can easily apply online at the state's website. As the end of this process, you'll download and print your notary certificate to scan and email to us at We need your notary certificate to manufacture your custom notary stamp.

4. Get commissioned by the state.

Once the state of California has processed your online application and commissioned you to be a notary in California, we send your complete notary package.

We make becoming or renewing your California notary easier than you think. Start the process now and you'll soon be on your way to notarizing.