Contra Costa Clerk

Notaries Public Filing

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Requirements for Taking Notary Oath:


Effective January 1, 1997, within thirty (30) days from the beginning of the term prescribed in your notary commission, you must take your oath before the County Clerk 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 with what is on the notary commission. The Clerk will administer the oath, have you sign two oaths, then forward the bond to the County Recorder for recording. Within a few weeks, the recorded bond will be returned to you 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 certified mail your original notary bond, two oaths of office, a copy of your commission and the filing and recording fees to:

     Contra Costa County Clerk
     555 Escobar Street
     Martinez, CA. 94553 

Be sure all forms are complete and allow enough time for the mail delivery to the Clerks office.

For Notary Bond and Oath Fees  Click here to view the fee schedule