CA Gov't Code Section 8214.1

The Secretary of State may refuse to appoint any person as notary public or may revoke or suspend the commission of any notary public upon any of the following grounds:


Substantial and material misstatement or omission in the application submitted to the Secretary of State to become a notary public.


Conviction of a felony, a lesser offense involving moral turpitude, or a lesser offense of a nature incompatible with the duties of a notary public. A conviction after a plea of nolo contendere is deemed to be a conviction within the meaning of this subdivision.


Revocation, suspension, restriction, or denial of a professional license, if the revocation, suspension, restriction, or denial was for misconduct based on dishonesty, or for any cause substantially relating to the duties or responsibilities of a notary public.


Failure to discharge fully and faithfully any of the duties or responsibilities required of a notary public.


When adjudicated liable for damages in any suit grounded in fraud, misrepresentation, or for a violation of the state regulatory laws, or in any suit based upon a failure to discharge fully and faithfully the duties as a notary public.


The use of false or misleading advertising wherein the notary public has represented that the notary public has duties, rights, or privileges that he or she does not possess by law.


The practice of law in violation of Section 6125 of the Business and Professions Code.


Charging more than the fees prescribed by this chapter.


Commission of any act involving dishonesty, fraud, or deceit with the intent to substantially benefit the notary public or another, or substantially injure another.


Failure to complete the acknowledgment at the time the notary’s signature and seal are affixed to the document.


Failure to administer the oath or affirmation as required by paragraph (3) of subdivision (a) of Section 8205.


Execution of any certificate as a notary public containing a statement known to the notary public to be false.


Violation of Section 8223.


Failure to submit any remittance payable upon demand by the Secretary of State under this chapter or failure to satisfy any court-ordered money judgment, including restitution.


Failure to secure the sequential journal of official acts, pursuant to Section 8206, or the official seal, pursuant to Section 8207, or willful failure to report the theft or loss of the sequential journal, pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 8206.


Violation of Section 8219.5.


Commission of an act in violation of Section 6203, 8214.2, 8225, or 8227.3 of the Government Code or of Section 115, 470, 487, subdivision (a) of Section 487a, or Section 530.5 of the Penal Code.


Willful failure to provide access to the sequential journal of official acts upon request by a peace officer.
Last Updated

Aug. 19, 2023

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