Can a California Notary Notarize in Another County? Exploring Statewide Notarization Authority

If you’re a California notary public wondering whether you can notarize documents in a county different from the one where your business is located, you’re not alone. In this blog post, we’ll address this common query and provide insights into the statewide notarization authority granted to California notaries.

Understanding Statewide Notarization Authority:

The location of your business operations changing from one county to another can raise questions about the scope of your notary commission. Fortunately, California law provides a clear answer – your commission allows you to notarize throughout California, regardless of the county where your oath and bond are on file. This means you can notarize documents in any county within the state.

FAQs – Can California Notaries Notarize Remotely?

Q: Can California notaries notarize remotely?

California Notaries are authorized under law to perform in-person electronic notarizations (IPEN) if all the requirements for traditional paper-based notarizations are met. As of March 1, 2023, California law did not authorize Notaries to perform remote online notarizations (RON). However, there has been a significant legislative move.

Update: California Embraces Remote Online Notarization (RON) – SB 696: In a groundbreaking legislative move, California has officially joined 44 other states in embracing the concept of Remote Online Notarization (RON). Senate Bill 696, a pivotal piece of legislation, was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on September 30. This momentous development authorizes California notaries to offer online notarization services to the public. To understand better what RON is visit our article Introduction to Remote Online Notarization (RON).

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Key Takeaways:

  • RON’s California Debut: Starting January 1, 2030, California notaries are poised to commence online notarization services, subject to change if additional time is required for rule and technology establishment before January 1, 2029.
  • Application and Registration Process: The legislation introduces a streamlined application process, enabling notaries and aspiring notaries to register with the Secretary of State to become authorized for online notarizations. This process includes specific requirements that must be met.


In conclusion, your authority to notarize documents extends statewide if you’re a California notary public. With the advent of RON in California, effective January 1, 2030, notaries will have the opportunity to provide online notarization services, marking a significant shift in the landscape of notary services in the Golden State. Stay informed and be prepared for the streamlined application and registration process outlined in SB 696. If you’d like an answer to your question regarding CA notaries, check out our notary helpline.

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