Notary Public Filing

Requirements for Taking Notary Oath:

State law requires that within thirty (30) days from the beginning of the term prescribed in your notary commission, you must take your oath before the County Clerk-Recorder or a notary public.

To file in person
Present your original $15,000 bond, issued by a surety company of your choice, your commission from the Secretary of State, a Valid State or Government ID and the appropriate filing and recording fees to the County Clerk in the county within which you maintain your principal place of business. Notary bond information must match exactly what is on the notary commission. The Clerk will administer the oath, have you sign the required documents, then forward the bond to the County Recorder for recording. Within a few weeks, the recorded bond will be returned to you by mail.
To file by mail
If you choose to take your oath before a notary public, and your principal place of business is in Contra Costa County, he / she will administer the oath and send by mail your original notary bond, two oaths of office, a copy of your commission and the appropriate fees to:

Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder
P.O. Box 350
Martinez, CA 94553

If you choose to send your Bond and Oath by certified mail, FedEx or UPS, please send the documentation to:

Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder
555 Escobar Street
Martinez, CA 94553

Be sure all forms are complete and allow enough time for the mail delivery to the County Clerk-Recorder’s office.

For Notary Bond and Oath Fees, please click here.