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The Notary Public Handbook


The California Notary Public Handbook is your "reference manual" to performing the requirements of a notary public. It contains sample notary public forms, along with all the rules, laws, and regulations that pertain to the proper conduct of all California Notary Publics. It also contains sample forms

The latest release of the California Notary Public Handbook (.pdf-formatted version) is available for your review and optional printing from the Secretary of State's website. The Secretary of State Notary Public page offer the most recent verion, and several older versions. Make sure you click on the most current release.


A copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader must be installed on your computer to view the Notary Public Handbook. If you do not already have a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader, you may download and install a free copy from by clicking on the "Get Acrobat Reader" image presented here. Or visit


You may print your own copy of the Handbook from the Adobe Acrobat Reader. The entire Handbook is just over 50 pages, from cover to cover. We would recommend printing to a laser printer if at all possible.

If you select to print the Handbook, here is a trick so save paper and ink when printing with an ink cartridge-type printer. Unless you really need the printed Handbook cover pages:

  1. Up on the Menubar of your .pdf Reader, click on "File", then "Print".

  2. In the Print Dialog Box, in the "Print Range" section, click in the round "bullet" next to "Pages".

  3. In the Textbox, erase the current "Front Cover - Back Cover" and enter "1 - 47", or any single page number or range of page numbers that you want to print. Valid "page range formats" include "1, 2, 5, 10 - 30" where comma separated page numbers mean "pages 1, 2, and 5" and hyphenated ranges mean "pages 10 through 30".

  4. Click the "OK" button in the lower right-hand corner, and printing of the selected range of pages should start printing, assuming your printer is operational.