Notary Public commission in California are taking up to twelve weeks (and sometimes even longer) to process. Notary applicants from our notary seminars at www.notaryclasses.com have received word directly from the Secretary of State that the delay is due to budgetary issues.
Many Realtors have notary commission which will soon be expiring and too often are waiting to renew their commissions until the last moment. Previously, the Secretary of State might have attempted to process renewing commission before the notary commission expiration date but we are noticing that this is no longer the case. If your California notary commission is expiring anytime in 2010 or early 2011, or you want to become a notary public for the first time, you need to submit your notary application as soon as possible.
If you are already a notary, you are probably aware of the many changes to the California notary laws in the past four years but the delayed processing time is a fairly new development. As a notary public, you are allowed to submit an application for recommissioning up to one year before the expiration date of your current commission. Check your commission expiration date and begin your application process well before your commission expires or you will have a lapse in commission. If you submit your application and pass the notary exam before your notary commission expires, you only need to take a 3-hour refresher course. New notary applicants or those with expired commissions must take a 6-hour course.
For your informaiton, you can find the notification of delayed notary commission processing at the Secretary of State's website found here: http://www.sos.ca.gov/business/notary/
www.notaryclasses.comcan help you if you have any questions. If your notary commission expires much later, you should let others in your office know about this significant delay as it will impact many unsuspecting notaries public.
Feel free to repost this blog as this new information will affect thousands of notaries public for commission renewals.