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County of Alameda
Office of Melissa Wilk, Auditor-Controller/Clerk-Recorder

Notary Oath and Bond Filings
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You may take your oath before a deputy County Clerk or a notary public no later than thirty (30) days after the beginning of the term prescribed in your notary commission.
  • In Person
    To file in person, present your $15,000 bond, issued by a surety company of your choice, your commission from the Secretary of State, the oath forms and the appropriate filing and recording fees to the County Clerk. You may file at the following location:

    Notary bond information must match exactly with what is on the notary commission. The Clerk will administer the oath, then forward the bond and one copy of the oath to the County Recorder for recording. Within a few weeks, the recorded document will be returned to you by mail.

  • By Mail
    You may also choose to take your oath before a notary public. Either you or the Notary must send by certified mail your notary bond, two oaths of office, a copy of your commission and the filing and recording fees to:

    Alameda County Clerk-Recorder's Office
    1106 Madison Street
    Oakland, CA 94607

    Be sure all forms are complete and allow enough time for mail delivery to the Clerk's office before the 30-day filing period expires.
The notary bond and oath filing fees are $50.00, for a one page bond and one page oath. If the bond has any additional pages, there is an additional fee of $3.00 per page. All pages must be 8.5" x 11" or an additional $3.00 per page fee of the document will be required.