(B&P Code Section 22450)

A Professional Photocopier is any person who for compensation obtains or reproduces documents authorized to be produced, and who, while engaged in performing that activity, has access to the information contained therein. 

Professional Photocopier shall file a certificate of registration with the county clerk of the county in which he or she resides or has his or her principal place of business. 

To register as a Professional Photocopier in San Mateo County, please complete and provide the following (if renewing, see information below):

  • A completed registration form (see below)
  • A professional photocopier bond. The bond must show date of issuance and date of expiration. The recorded bond will be returned by mail within 6 to 8 weeks.
  • At least one person involved in the management of a professional photocopier shall be required to hold a current commission from the Secretary of State as a notary public in this state. If the notary commission is held by someone other than the registrant, written confirmation from the notary authorizing the use of their commission for the registration is required. 
  • Professional Photocopier registration fee
  • Valid California Driver License

The registrant shall notify the county clerk and provide an updated valid notary commission if the commission expires prior to the expiration of the certificate of registration. 

Renewal Information

(B&P Code Section 22456 & 22457)

A certificate of registration is effective for a period of two years or until the date the bond expires, whichever occurs first. The renewal can take place up to 60 days prior to the expiration date and the effective date of the renewal will be the date the current registration expires. Upon renewal of registration, the same number shall be assigned, provided that the applicant is renewing registration in the same county in which he or she was previously registered and there is no lapse of 3 or more years in the period of registration. The above-listed requirements (including fees) still apply when renewing.

Certificate of Registration as Professional Photocopier Corporation

Certificate of Registration as Professional Photocopier Individual