Government Code sections 8211 and 8233 were amended to increase the maximum fees which may be charged for certain notarial acts. The new maximum fees are as follows:
Immigration: A notary public may notarize the signature on a document affecting the immigration or citizenship status of any person; however, under current law, a notary public who is not also an immigration consultant cannot do the verification tasks in connection with completing immigration forms because this activity is prohibited by the broad language of California Government Code section 8223.
Notaries public cannot post any sign, distribute any advertisement or use the words “notario publico” or “notario.” Notaries public who advertise expertise in immigration matters also cannot advertise notary public services. A California notary public’s commission can be suspended or revoked for such actions. Notaries public who post signs or distribute advertisements that do not comply with law should remove the signs or advertisements immediately. (California Government Code sections 8219.5(c) and 8223(a).) A first offense for a violation of this law is grounds for the suspension of the notary public’s commission for not less than one year, or revocation of a notary public’s commission. A second offense is grounds for the permanent revocation of a notary public’s commission.
The Notary Public Handbook contains California laws relating to notaries public and is designed to assist an applicant in preparing for the notary public examination. Refer to the current version of the handbook when preparing for the examination. 2017 Notary Public Handbook (PDF)
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