California Government Code
(a) It is the duty of a notary public, when requested:
(1) To demand acceptance and payment of foreign and inland bills of exchange, or promissory notes, to protest them for nonacceptance and nonpayment, and, with regard only to the nonacceptance or nonpayment of bills and notes, to exercise any other powers and duties that by the law of nations and according to commercial usages, or by the laws of any other state, government, or country, may be performed by a notary. This paragraph applies only to a notary public employed by a financial institution, during the course and scope of the notary’s employment with the financial institution.
(2) To take the acknowledgment or proof of advance health care directives, powers of attorney, mortgages, deeds, grants, transfers, and other instruments of writing executed by any person, and to give a certificate of that proof or acknowledgment, endorsed on or attached to the instrument. The certificate shall be signed by the notary public in the notary public’s own handwriting. A notary public may not accept any acknowledgment or proof of any instrument that is incomplete.
(3) To take depositions and affidavits, and administer oaths and affirmations, in all matters incident to the duties of the office, or to be used before any court, judge, officer, or board. Any deposition, affidavit, oath, or affirmation shall be signed by the notary public in the notary public’s own handwriting.
(4) To certify copies of powers of
attorney under Section 4307 of the Probate Code. The certification shall be signed by the notary public in the notary public’s own handwriting.
(b) It shall further be the duty of a notary public, upon written request:
(1) To furnish to the Secretary of State certified copies of the notary’s journal.
(2) To respond within 30 days of receiving written requests sent by certified mail from the Secretary of State’s office for information relating to official acts performed by the notary.