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Notary and Fingerprinting Questions and facts are available below. We understand that facts about notary and fingerprinting can seem confusing and complicated. It is our job to help you feel confident in handling important legal matters. If you don’t find the answer to you question below please call us at (949)702-3551.

Live Scan is electronic fingerprinting. It is used for background checks. If you are applying for a license, certification, permit, employment, volunteer or other application, you may require a live scan. In previous years you had to go to a police department for a background check. Now there are local small business that provide this service. Read More

Notary Plus Mobile Service is a “One Stop Shop” when processing applications for licensing, certification and permits. You can make an appointment to go online, print an application, add a photo, and get the paperwork notarized and even do a background check.

Do you ever wonder what may be on your criminal record? People request background checks on themselves for various reasons. If it’s for employment, visa, immigration or you just want to know what is on your record, there is a process. A full background check requires fingerprints. The information should go through the Department of Justice (DOJ) and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Read More

A signer may use two credible witnesses personally known to the signer. Each credible witness must have a valid ID. A credible witness can not be named in the document.

An Oath is a solemn affirmation, declaration or promise, made under responsibility to God, for the truth of what is stated or the faithful performance of what is undertaken. Under various statues, different forms of affirmation or solemn declaration are allowed in lieu of an Oath. In the state of California, an Oath or Affirmation is acceptable.

It depends, Documents requiring acknowledgments normally do not need to be signed in the Notary’s presence. However, the signer must appear before the Notary at the time of notarization to acknowledge that he or she freely signed for the purpose stated in the document.

On the other hand, documents requiring a jurat must be signed in the presence of the Notary. A jurat indicates that the individual signed and gave an oath or affirmation in the presence of the Notary.

Starting January 1, 2015 the State of California is adding wording to the California Acknowledgment. The new wording reads as follows. “A notary public or other officer completing this certificate verifies only the identity of the individual who signed the document to which this certificate is attached, and not the truthfulness, accuracy, or validity of that document.”

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Starting January 1, 2015 the State of California is adding wording to the California Jurat.The new wording reads as follows. “A notary public or other officer completing this certificate verifies only the identity of the individual who signed the document to which this certificate is attached, and not the truthfulness, accuracy, or validity of that document.”

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Notaries can notarize a wide range of documents, including: Legal documents, Real Estate documents, Business documents, Financial documents, Personal documents and Government documents.
Always insure the document meets the legal requirements for notarization in your jurisdiction.

A notary appointment typically takes about 15 to 30 minutes. The duration can vary depending on the complexity of the document, the number of documents to be notarized and the preparedness of the signer. Simple notarizations might take only a few minutes, while multiple documents can take much longer.

Most forms of payment are accepted, including: Cash, Checks, Credit/Debit Cards, Mobile Payment Apps (PayPal, Venmo, Zelle) and Bank Transfers.
Payment is usually collected at time of service unless prior arrangements have been made.

Notaries are generally required to be certified or commissioned by the state in which they reside. The certification processes vary by state but typically involve an application, training course, passing an exam and completing a background check.
Regarding insurance, notaries can obtain (E&O) errors and omissions insurance, which provides protection against claims of negligence or mistakes made during the notarization process. While E&O insurance may not be required, it is highly recommended to protect the notary from potential liability.
Some states may require a surety bond, which provides a limited form of financial protection to the public rather than the notary.

Yes, you can typically cancel or reschedule an appointment without a cancellation fee. We ask that you give us a one hour notice or two hours for a mobile appointment.
Please notify us a quickly as possible with any changes to your appointment.

DENTIFICATION: Bring a government issued ID such as a driver’s license, passport or other government issued photo ID.
DOCUMENTS: Have instructions, documents or forms to be notarized. Documents should be complete but unsigned.
WITNESSES: Some documents require additional witnesses. Please check in advance to see if the notary can provide a witness or if you need to bring your own.
PAYMENT: Payment is due at time of service by cash, check, credit or debit.

The notary does not retain copies and will return all original documents to the signer. If there is more than one signer, you may want to bring an extra set of documents for both signers to have an original. The notary can make copies but may charge an additional fee for printing.

There are several ways to leave a review for the Notary Public.
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SOCIAL MEDIA: Post a review on the notary’s business page or social media platforms like Facebook or LinkedIn.

Yes, there are restrictions on the types of documents that can be notarized. Common restrictions include:

  • INCOMPLETE DOCUMENTS: Notaries cannot notarize incomplete documents.
  • COPIES OF OFFICIAL RECORDS: Original certified copies of official documents require an Apostille. In some cases, original documents can be copy-certified. Please get in touch with the Notary Public for questions regarding official documents.
  • IMMIGRATION DOCUMENTS: Some immigration documents require additional credentials from the notary public. Check with your notary to see if they can assist with immigration documents.

Yes, you can request mobile service on weekends and after hours. Please call to schedule. (949)702-3551

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