Notary in California Jurisdiction


A notary in California has state-wide jurisdiction, within the state of California. According to California statute, Government Code 8200:

“The Secretary of State may appoint and commission notaries public in such number as the Secretary of State deems necessary for the public convenience. Notaries public may act as such notaries in any part of this state.”

A State of California notary public, in general, may complete notary acts throughout the entire state, regardless of the county in which the notary commission is filed. There are a few special notary commissions that have additional limitations regarding their jurisdiction, most notably military notaries.

But Outside the State of California…..


A notary public in California must conduct and complete the ENTIRE notary act within the State of California. A CA notary MAY NOT, for example, administer an oath in Las Vegas Nevada, and then complete recording the notarial act once he/she returns to California.


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