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California Notary Public Resignation Procedures

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As a notary public, you provide an important service to the community at large. Notaries can be found at banks, insurance agencies, schools and closings for real estate transactions. If you are moving to another state, have time constraints or a desire to do something else, the time may come to resign your commission. This is a simple process in the state of California.

Letter of Resignation

Send a letter of resignation to the Secretary of State.

California Secretary of State Notary Public Section P.O. Box 942877 Sacramento, CA 94277-0001

Records and Papers

Deliver all notarial records and papers to the county clerk where you were originally commissioned within 30 days of the date you want to resign. The address for your particular county clerk's office can be found online.


Destroy or deface your seal in accordance with California law.


Martin Williams is a freelance writer and blogger who has written for his own blog and various other websites. Williams has a bachelor's degree in biology from Norfolk State University. His writing specializes in sports and politics.