New California Notary Public Laws Effective January 2017


New Fees / forms of ID

California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla issued guidance on new California Notary Public laws, effective January 1, 2017.  The new laws pertain to acceptable forms of identification and the maximum fees a notary can charge.

Fee Increase

The maximum fee increase is the first since 1993, when the maximum fee was raised to $10.  The new fee for acknowledgments and jurats is set to $15, a 50% increase over the previous amount.  While this may seem like a large increase, it is the first in 24 years.  The maximum fee does not include travel fees or other services offered by notaries.  Those fees are set by the notary but must be in writing and communicated clearly before charging a fee.  The new fees schedule can be found on page four of the California Notary Public Handbook.

Acceptable ID

Two new forms of identification have been added to the acceptable ID list.

  1. A valid consular identification document issued by a consulate from the person’s country of citizenship.

  2. An identification card issued by a federally recognized tribal government.  

This new law will make it easier for customers in need of notarization to prove their identity.  California has some of the strictest laws regarding acceptable forms of identification, so this new law is a welcome change.

If you have any questions about these new laws and how they might affect you, please call 619 731-0878 or message me as I’m happy to explain in more detail.