California: Changes For Notaries Public

Effective January 1, 2017, California notaries public will undergo a variety of changes. One such change (the result of Assembly Bill 2217) raises the fees notaries may charge for some notarial acts for the first time since 1994—effectively enabling notaries to charge 50% more than previous maximum fees. Perhaps the most impactful of the fee increases is that notaries may now charge $15 for taking an acknowledgment or affidavit, or administering an oath or affirmation. This fee previously maxed out at $10. For more information on all of the potential fee increases, go here: http://tinyurl.com/AB-2217.

Another change enables a notary to electronically notarize any electronic real property document that meets the requirements of Government Code Section 27201. Previously, notaries were only able to electronically notarize three specific real property documents—thanks to Assembly Bill 2143, this limitation has been removed. Read more: http://tinyurl.com/CA-AB-2143.

Assembly Bill 2566 impacts certain identification requirements—expanding the list of acceptable credentials to include a consular ID document and an identification card issued by a federally recognized tribal government, as well as removing the requirement that a foreign passport be stamped for entry into the United States by the USCIS. Full details can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/AB-2566.

Additional information pertinent to notaries across the nation can be found online at http://www.nationalnotary.org.

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