San Diego Notary

Illegal Advertising

California law requires any non-attorney notary public who advertises notarial services in a language other than English to post a prescribed notice, in English and the other language, that the notary public is not an attorney and cannot give legal advice about immigration or any other legal matters. The notary public also must list the fees set by statute which a notary public may charge for notarial services. In any event, a notary public may not translate the term “Notary Public,” defined as “notario publico” or “notario,” into Spanish, even if the prescribed notice also is posted. A first offense for violation of this law is grounds for the suspension or revocation of a notary public’s commission. A second offense is grounds for the permanent revocation of a notary public’s commission. (Government Code section 8219.5)

A notary public legally is barred from advertising in any manner whatsoever that he or she is a notary public if the notary public promotes himself or herself as an immigration specialist or consultant. (Government Code section 8223)


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