Notary Authentication Information

Service Changes Effective July 20, 2020

 

Effective Monday, July 20, 2020, the Clerk-Recorder Department will be closing its branch offices in Anaheim, Laguna Hills and at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana.

 The department's office at the County Service Center in Santa Ana will remain open but only offer over-the-counter service for birth, death, and marriage certificates, all professional registrations, and real property document recordings. All other services will be offered by mail only.

 Effective July 20, 2020, the following services must be requested via mail. No over-the-counter service will be available until further notice: 

  • Fictitious Business Name Statements
  • Official Records Copies
  • Notary Registrations
  • EIR Filings

For more information about the services being offered by the Clerk-Recorder Department, please call the department's information line at (714) 834-2500, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays.

Notary Authentication

To have a signature of an Orange County notary public authenticated, you can visit any of our Orange County Clerk-Recorder office locations, or you can mail your request and supporting documents to the following address:

Orange County Clerk-Recorder
601 N. Ross Street,
Santa Ana, CA 92701.

 A notary authentication verifies that the notary’s bond was registered in Orange County, was duly commissioned by the State of California and was active at the time of notarization. It does not validate the information within the document.

 

  • All seals and signatures must be original.
  • The seal must clearly show the name of the notary, commission number and date of expiration.

The fee is $13 per notary signature authenticated.

 Please note:

  •  We do not have a notary public on staff to notarize documents.
  • We do not authenticate notary signatures from other counties.
  • We do authenticate school transcripts, diplomas, and educational documents.