Definition of a Professional Photocopier

Section 22450, Business & Professional Code

(a) Any person who f or compensation obtains or reproduces documents authorized to be produced under Part 2.6 (commencing with Section 56) of Division 1 of, or Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 1798) of Title 1.8 or Part 4 of Division 3 of, Civil Code, or Section 1158 of, or Article 4 (commencing with Section 1560) Chapter 2 of Division 11, of the Evidence Code and who, while engaged in performing that activity, has access to the information contained therein.

(b) This chapter shall not apply to any of the following:

(1) Any government employee who is acting in the course of his or her employment.
(2) A member of the State Bar or his or her employees, agents, or independent contractors.
(3) Any person who is specially appointed by the court to obtain or reproduce in order to transmit or distribute those records.
(4) An employee or agent of a person who is registered under this chapter.
(5) Any custodian of records who makes his or her own copies.
(6) Any certified shorthand reporter, official court reporter, or stenotype operator who makes his or her own copies.
(7) Any person licensed under Chapter 11.5 (commencing with Section 7512) of Division 3 of the Business and Professions Code or his or her employees.
(8) The Office of the Secretary of State.

Filing & Copy Fees

Section 22453 & 22353.1, Business & Professions Code & Section 26831 & 26833, Government Code

An applicant shall pay a fee of one hundred seventy-five dollars ($175) to the county clerk at the time he or she files an application for registration. An additional fee of ten dollars ($10) shall be paid to the county clerk for each additional card of identification. Notwithstanding Section 22453, any person registered pursuant to Chapter 16 (Process Server) (commencing with Section 22350) shall pay a fee of one hundred dollars ($100) otherwise required by Section 22452.1.

Certified copy may be obtained for a statutory fee $2.25.

Need for Filing Bond

(a) A certificate of registration shall be accompanied by a bond of five thousand dollars ($5,000) which is executed by a corporate surety qualified to do business in this state and conditioned upon compliance with the provisions of this chapter and all laws governing the transmittal of confidential documentary information under the code sections specified in Section 22450. The total aggregate liability on the bond shall be limited to five thousand dollars ($5,000). This bond may be terminated pursuant to the provisions of Section 995.440 and Article 12 (commencing with Sections 996.310) of Chapter 2 of Title 14 of Part 2 of the Code of Civil Procedure.


(b) In lieu of the bond required by subdivision (a), a registrant may deposit five thousand dollars ($5,000) in cash with the county clerk. 

Terms of Registration

A certificate of registration shall be effective for a period of two years. Thereafter, a registrant shall file a new certificate of registration and pay the fee required by Section 22453. (Certificate of Registration may be revoked under the provisions of Section 22460, Business & Professions Code)

Instructions for Completion of Certificate

  1. $5,000 bond or other form of deposit pursuant 995.710 Code of Civil Procedure must accompany this Certificate of Registration.
  2. 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. (Section 22454)