Restrictions and Limitations for California Notaries Public in Regards to Notarizing USCIS I-9 Forms.
The short answer for the above question is because the form I-9 is an immigration-related document that companies use for the purpose of verifying employee’s authorization to legally work in the United States. According to the National Notary Association, the California Secretary of State office does not allow notaries from the state to complete any immigration application unless those notaries are also qualified and bonded immigration consultants (Government Code Section 8223(c)).
For additional information, read this useful blog post from the National Notary Association:
Also the American Society of Notaries has an article related to this issue:
FNL provides notarial services but does not provide signings or notarizations for I-9 forms.
If you or your company needs the I-9 form signed in California, it would be advisable to consult with an attorney or a qualified and bonded immigration consultant.
This post, as other posts on this blog, is for information and entertaining purposes only. Do not take this post as legal advice. If you have a legal question, you should always consult with an attorney or legal organization.