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Employees of the Clerk of the Board have been appointed and commissioned as Notaries Public to act for and on behalf of the County of San Diego.  Government Code Sections 8205 and 8214 provide for the extension of Notary Services to members of the Public.  The Clerk of the Board offers:

  • Fast and efficient service - no appointment required.
  • Business and personal documents notarized.
  • Notary public services available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Conveniently located on the fourth floor of the County Administration Center, Room 402.

The standard fee for most notarial acts is $10.00.  These include: 

  • Acknowledgment on a document such as: Quitclaim Deed, Homestead Declaration, Affidavit, Grant Deed, and Release of Mechanic's Lien.  Acknowledgments include the Notary's seal and a written certificate.
  • Jurat includes administering an oath or affirmation to one person and providing the Jurat with the Notary's seal.

No fee shall be charged to notarize signatures on absentee ballot identification envelopes or other voting material.

Need to obtain an apostille?  An apostille is the legalization of a document for international use under the terms of the 1961 Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents.  Under the Hague Convention, only one authenticating certificate, called an apostille, is necessary to ensure acceptance in these subscribing countries.  (Apostille is French for "notation.")  In California, apostilles are issued by the Secretary of State's office.  There is a three-step process to obtain an apostille:

  1. Have your document notarized in our office.
  2. Obtain signature certification by County Clerk for $12.00.
  3. Obtain an apostille at the Secretary of State's office at 300 South Spring Street, Room 12513, Los Angeles, CA 90013 for $26.00.  (Note:  The Secretary of State does not accept cash.  Acceptable forms of payment: credit card, check, or money order).  However, we sell money orders!