Notaries public cannot post any sign, distribute any
advertisement or use the words “notario publico” or “notario.”
Notaries public who advertise expertise in immigration
matters also cannot advertise notary public services. A
California notary public’s commission can be suspended or
revoked for such actions. Notaries public who post signs or
distribute advertisements that do not comply with law must
remove the signs or advertisements immediately. (California
Government Code sections 8219.5(c) and 8223(a).) A first
offense for a violation of this law is grounds for the
suspension of the notary public’s commission for not less
than one year, or revocation of a notary public’s commission.
A second offense is grounds for the permanent revocation of
a notary public’s commission.