California Notary Public Practice Exam Questions & Answers

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What is one requirement for becoming a California Notary Public?
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Be a legal resident of California
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Your jurisdiction will be:
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The entire state of California
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A possible penalty for committing perjury is:
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a. 2 years in prison b. 3 years in prison c. 4 years in prison d. Any of the above Answer: d. Any of the above
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You have how many days to take your oath of office after your commencement date:
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30 days
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If you request a new Certificate of Authorization, the State of California must respond within:
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5 days
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The agency of the State that will give you the new certificate is the:
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Secretary of State
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Using the words notario publico:
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Is prohibited
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If a notary willingly and knowingly notarizes a real estate document that they know to be fraudulent, they are guilty of a:
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Felony
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Death Certificates:
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Are not notarized
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A subscribing witness can bring you a:
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Homestead Declaration
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The penalty for stating a known false fact as true is now
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$10,000
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Two credible witnesses
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a. Are not allowed b. Must be over 21 c. Must be fingerprinted d. None of the above Answer: d. None of the above
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When do you officially become a notary?
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When your oath and bond are filed
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The notary stamp may be:
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Rectangular
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The size of the stamp could be:
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1 inch in width by 2 Ā½ inches in length
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If you are one of the following concerning a document, you must not notarize it:
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Trustor or Trustee
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The fine for overcharging for a nonimmigration form is:
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Up to $750
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The fine for failing to notify the State that your stamp or journal was lost is:
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Up to $1,500
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Willful failure to provide a peace officer with a journal when requested is punishable by a civil penalty of up to:
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$2,500
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What is the fine for failing to post signs in English and in the other language that you use that you are not an attorney and cannot give legal advice:
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Up to $1,500 fine and at least one year suspension of commission and on second time - revocation of commission for life
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When a regulation states 30 days it means:
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Calendar days
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Your commission is dated 9/1/05 and you get your oath filed on 9/25/05. Your commission will expire:
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8/31/09
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The fee for notarizing a circulator's affidavit is:
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$0
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A notary can certify a copy of a power of attorney according to the:
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Probate Code
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You may turn your journal over to:
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A Peace Officer with probable cause
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During the signature by mark process, how many people write the name of the X signer:
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One
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If you move, you must contact the:
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Secretary of State
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If you move, you must contact the proper authority within:
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30 days
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If you give up your journal to a proper authority, you must notify the Secretary of State within:
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10 days
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A commission is valid for ______ years:
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4 years
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Your 4-year notary bond is worth:
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$15,000
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The statute of limitations for making a statement known to be false is:
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Four years
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To be acceptable, ID's must be current or issued within the past:
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5 years
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What does not need to be on a passport?
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Notary's signature
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Notary certificates are signed by:
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Notary
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An ID needs the holder's:
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a. Picture b. Signature c. Physical Description d. All of the above Answer: d. All of the above
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When taking an oath:
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Raising right hand is not required
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Notaries must:
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Keep their stamp and journal under their direct control
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When you resign a commission, you deliver all your papers to:
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County Clerk where your current oath is on file
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If you fail to file the oath and bond on time:
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a. Your commission is void b. You must pay $20 to reapply c. You must complete a new application d. All of the above Answer: d. All of the above
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A notary seeking reappointment must retake the notary exam:
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Every 4 years
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The fine for willful failure to notify the Secretary of State of an address or name change is:
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$500
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Notaries can withhold services:
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a. When their employer limits services to transactions related to the employer's business b. When a document is incomplete c. When they believe someone does not understand what they are signing d. All of the above Answer: d. All of the above
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Which is the true statement?
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a. It is the notary's duty to draft power of attorney, mortgages and deeds when requested b. A notary does not have to charge a fee c. Holographic wills must be notarized to be valid d. Holographic wills are typewritten Answer: b. A notary does not have to charge a fee
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A notary may:
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a. Notarize a document in a foreign language b. Not notarize documents that he or she will sign as corporate officers c. Notarize relative's documents d. All of the above Answer: d. All of the above
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Signers of the following documents must leave a right thumbprint:
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a. Homestead Declaration b. Power of Attorney c. Trust Deed for real estate d. b & c Answer: d. b & c
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A notary is obligated to:
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Reimburse a surety company for bond funds paid out
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An affirmation is:
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Legal equivalent of an oath but has no referral to a Supreme Being
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A non-attorney notary (qualified & bonded as an immigration consultant) may charge up to $10 for:
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a. Completing a person's immigration application b. Oaths and affirmation c. Per signature on a Jurat d. All of the above Answer: d. All of the above
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A notary may not notarize:
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When they are a mortgagor in a transaction
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For a first-time applicant to get a commission they:
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a. Must pass an exam b. Be fingerprinted c. Be at least 18 years of age d. All of the above Answer: d. All of the above
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A certificate of authorization may be gotten:
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From the Secretary of State
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Satisfactory evidence of identity means relying on either:
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a. ID cards b. Credible identifying witnesses c. Business card photos d. a and b Answer: d. a and b
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A California Notary may:
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Take depositions and affidavits
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An oath is:
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a. An affirmation b. Never used c. A solemn spoken pledge d. a and c Answer: d. a and c