- Failure to disclose any arrest or conviction
- Conviction of a felony where not more
than 10 years have passed since the completion of probation
- Conviction of a disqualifying misdemeanor where not more
than 5 years have passed since the completion of probation
For more information about disqualifications, please review the current Notary Public
Disciplinary Guidelines, available on the California Secretary of State's website at
The most common disqualifying convictions are listed below;
however, this list is not all-inclusive.
If you have any questions concerning the disclosure of convictions or
arrests, contact the Secretary of State prior to signing the application. If
you do not recall the specifics about your arrest(s) and/or conviction(s), you
can contact the California Department of Justice at (916) 227-3849.