San Diego Notary

Grounds for Denial

The Secretary of State may refuse to appoint any person as notary public or may revoke or suspend the commission of a notary public for specifi c reasons. These reasons include but are not limited to: a substantial misstatement or omission in the application; conviction of a felony or a disqualifying criminal conviction; failure to furnish the Secretary of State with certifi ed copies of the notary public journal when requested to do so or to provide information relating to offi cial acts performed by the notary public; charging more than the fee prescribed by law; failure to complete the acknowledgment at the time the notary public’s seal and signature are attached to the document; executing a false certifi cate; failure to submit to the Secretary of State any court ordered money judgment, including restitution; failure to secure the sequential journal or the offi cial seal; willful failure to report the theft or loss of the sequential journal; making a false certifi cate or writing containing statements known to be false; fraud relating to a deed of trust; improper notarial acts; unlawfully acting as a notary; fi ling false or forged documents; forgery; grand theft; falsely obtaining personal information; willful failure to provide access to a journal when requested by a peace offi cer; and illegal advertising. (Government Code sections 8205, 8214.1, 8219.5 and 8223)

In addition, the Secretary of State may deny the notary public application or suspend the notary public commission of a person who has not complied with child or family support obligations. (Family Code section 17520)


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