Surrender Of Notary Journal

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Pursuant to Government Code Section 8209(a) " If any notary public resigns, is disqualified, removed from office, or allows his or her appointment to expire without obtaining reappointment within 30 days, all notarial records and papers shall be delivered within 30 days to the clerk of the county in which the notary public's current official oath of office is on file. If the notary public willfully fails or refuses to deliver all notarial records and papers to the county clerk within 30 days, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be personally liable for damages to any person injured by that action or inaction."

Pursuant to Local Ordinance #155-02 the office of the San Francisco County Clerk is authorized to charge a $19.00 fee for the service of accepting any surrendered journal(s). If you are submitting more than one journal at the same time, the fee is $19.00 for all journals received. Any journal(s) received at a different time, even if it is for the same notary, will be charged an additional $19.00 fee.

Please send your journal(s) via certified mail along with payment payable to S.F. County Clerk to:

Office of the County Clerk           Map Directions
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall, Room 168
San Francisco, Ca 94102


Note: Please make sure journal(s) have your name and commission number on the front page of each journal.  We do not accept notary public stamps and seals.  It is the notary public's responsibility to properly destroy and dispose of their stamps and seals (Government Code Section 8207) .