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February 7, 2023

Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce names                  Cheryl Castillo as                              Ambassador of the Year

I am honored to announce that the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce named me the "Ambassador of the Year." As an ambassador, I build relationships with the business community and represent the Chamber and its members at events. It has been an amazing experience being a Chamber member and Ambassador. This year, I will be recognized for my contributions at their Inaugural Celebration on March 23, 2023.

As a small business owner, I know the importance of networking and building relationships in the community. My goal in joining the Chamber was to increase exposure and support the growth of my business. With almost two years of membership, I have also gained supportive relationships and the opportunity to support my local community.

The chamber of commerce is a membership-based organization that offers a platform for local businesses to connect and collaborate. By becoming a member, I have access to a wide range of resources, events, and opportunities to promote my business and connect with other business owners. The Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, or any Chamber you join, makes it easy to meet others by hosting a multitude of events that also provide information about what is going on in the City.

One of the biggest benefits of being a member of the chamber is the networking opportunities it provides. The chamber regularly hosts events such as mixers, breakfast meetings, and luncheons where I can connect with other business owners and make new contacts. This has been invaluable for me in terms of growing my network and finding new clients. For example, Good Morning Riverside is a monthly event at the Mission Inn Hotel that brings together government, non-profit organizations, business owners, and more to learn about activities and changes that are occurring in real-time.

Another benefit of the chamber is the exposure it provides for my business. The chamber has a directory of all its members, which is widely distributed and viewed by the local community. By being a part of the directory, I have been able to reach a wider audience and promote my business to potential customers who may not have otherwise known about me.

The chamber also provides a range of resources to help me grow and succeed as a small business owner. This includes access to training and educational programs, as well as access to a network of business experts and mentors who can provide guidance and support.

Finally, being a member of the chamber gives me a voice in the local business community. The chamber advocates on behalf of its members, representing their interests and concerns to local government and other organizations. This gives me a platform to influence the policies and regulations that impact my business, and to help create a favorable business environment in the community.

I highly recommend joining the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce or your local Chamber of Commerce. It has been an invaluable experience for me as a small business owner. Through the opportunities for networking, exposure, resources, and advocacy, I have been able to grow my business, connect with other business owners, and make a positive impact in my community.

If you would like more information on becoming a Chamber member, please reach out to me directly at (951) 394-2366 or

You can also visit the Riverside Chamber website at:

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Castillo Mobile Notary Services


January 07, 2023

What is an apostille and how can I get one for my document?

Apostille Services Riverside, California

This week, I assisted an international student attending Cal Baptist University in notarizing and obtaining an apostille for his proof of university enrollment and grades. If you need help with the apostille process in Riverside, California, Castillo Mobile Notary Services is the expert you're looking for. We can notarize your documents, get state or federal authentications, work with translators to translate your documents into the necessary language, and submit everything to the right authorities.

An apostille is a certificate that confirms a document is genuine and has been issued by a competent authority. It's used in countries that are part of the Hague Convention of 1961. Apostille services are usually provided by government agencies or organizations that have been chosen by the government to issue them. They certify that the document is genuine and attach the apostille certificate to it.

There are all sorts of documents that may need to be apostilled, like birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates, educational transcripts, power of attorney forms, and business documents. Some countries may require apostilled documents for legal matters, like court proceedings or immigration purposes. You may need an apostille if you are conducting business internationally, traveling, attending school internationally, moving to another country, adopting a child internationally, buying or selling property in another country, or getting married in another country.

To get an apostille, you'll usually need to provide the original document and any required supporting documents to the agency or organization offering the service. The process for getting an apostille can vary by country, so make sure to research the specific requirements for the country where the document will be used.

Overall, apostille services are a great way to verify and validate documents for use in international situations. They help ensure that the documents are legitimate and will be accepted by foreign governments and other organizations.

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January 04, 2023

Do you know the differences between the three most common deeds?

Differences in Deeds Transferring Real Property

As a traveling notary public, I was recently called to notarize a warranty deed for a law firm in North Carolina. I understand that deeds can be a confusing topic, so I wanted to take a moment to clarify the difference between a few of the most common deeds that I notarize in real estate transactions – warranty deed, grant deed, and quitclaim deed.

A deed is a fancy legal document that basically says "this property is yours now, congrats!" There are a few different types of deeds, like the ever-popular warranty deed and the slightly lesser-known grant deed, as well as the quitclaim deed.

A warranty deed is the cream of the crop when it comes to deeds - the grantor (the person giving the property) guarantees that they have the right to give the property to the grantee (the lucky recipient) and promises to protect the grantee against any pesky claims on the property. They also make a bunch of other promises, or covenants, about the property just to sweeten the deal.

On the other hand, a grant deed is a bit more laid back. The grantor still promises that they have the right to give the property, but they don't make as many other promises about the property itself. These deeds are often used when the grantor and grantee have a close relationship, like when a family member gifts property to another family member.

In a quitclaim deed, the person transferring the property, known as the grantor, gives up any ownership interest they may have in the property and conveys it to the recipient, known as the grantee. However, the grantor does not make any guarantees or warranties about the ownership of the property. The grantee takes the property "as is" and assumes any risks or liabilities associated with it.

Each of these deeds require notarization before they're official, which just means that a notary public (a fancy public official) verifies that the grantor is who they say they are and that they understand the document that they are signing. The notary public most often sees the signature of the grantor. In some cases, the document may already be signed, and the grantor acknowledges that they were the person who signed the document. It's a very important formality to make sure the deed is legit and to prevent any funny business.

If you need a deed or any other legal document notarized, don't hesitate to contact Castillo Mobile Notary Services in Riverside, CA. We are happy to travel to you to provide our services. You can schedule an appointment through our scheduling link: or call us directly at (951) 394-2366.

For further information on deeds, visit the Riverside County Recorder's Office website. They also have access to the forms required for deed transfers.

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December 2, 2022

How will the updated REAL ID deadline impact YOU? I know that’s what you really want to know… 

Example of California REAL ID - REAL ID Deadline is May 3, 2023. Do you need one?

Update: On December 5, 2022, the DHS updated the REAL ID deadline to May 7, 2025 so you don't have to rush too quickly to get one, but please read below to know what to expect when the deadline rolls around again.

Well… it will get REAL frustrating if you are a frequent traveler and show up to the airport for your next flight on May 3, 2023 with your state ID or driver’s license. You will likely be turned away without another compliant identification document such as a passport or other approved identity document. This will also be the case at federal buildings throughout the United States.

Why the REAL ID? The REAL ID was born out of the need to create IDs with additional security features after 9/11 for use on domestic flights as well as to enter secure federal facilities such as courthouses, military bases, and government buildings.

I have good news for you… If you have a passport, you don’t really have to worry about the REAL ID. A passport meets all of the security requirements to fly and enter government buildings. If you don’t have a passport, don’t delay in getting your REAL ID, the closer it gets to the May 3rd, 2023 deadline, the longer the wait times will be.

To apply for the REAL ID in California, you need an identity document and 2 documents that show proof of residency. They must be originals and, and in some cases, a certified copy of the document is required.  Castillo Mobile Notary Services in Riverside, CA can assist you with notarizing any documents required to obtain your official documents.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles provides an easy online checklist that lays out the documents you need and provides the process to follow to obtain your REAL ID. You can also make your appointment from your phone. To see what you need to get started, click the link: CA DMV REAL ID Checklist.

VIDEO: How to Get a REAL ID

For more information on REAL ID requirements, visit the Department of Homeland Security FAQs.

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November 7, 2022

National Notary Public Day is November 7th!

November 7th is National Notary Public Day!

The American Society of Notaries established the first Notary Public Day in 1975 to "recognize notaries for their public service and their contributions to national and international commerce." Thomas Fugill was appointed as the first notary public in America on November 7th, 1639.

Castillo Mobile Notary Services would be happy to serve you today and every day! Please contact us to schedule your appointment. 

To schedule your notary appointment online, visit:

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October 21, 2022

Power of Attorney Notary Near Me

Castillo Mobile Notary Services is contacted regularly to notarize power of attorney documents for customers. Unfortunately, as a notary public service, we are not able to provide legal advice when it comes to which form you should use, but we can direct you to websites, other businesses, or a lawyer to get your questions answered. When you are ready to have the power of attorney document notarized, that is where we come in. We can travel to you to notarize the power of attorney document/s. Castillo Mobile Notary has traveled to assisted care and skilled nursing facilities in addition to hospitals in Riverside, Corona, San Bernardino, and Redlands to notarize power of attorney forms for loved ones.

When you use the term “power of attorney,” you are referring to two different things: a person and a legal document.

What is a power of attorney?

A power of attorney is a person that you have appointed to make decisions on your behalf. They are also known as your “agent” or “agent-in-fact.” Once appointed, they have the capacity to make decisions and sign documents on your behalf in the areas that you have designated.

A power of attorney is also the legal document or instrument signed by the principal, or you, and dictates the powers and persons of authority that you have authorized. Sometimes the document requires that the agent/power of attorney signs the form, but not always. In California, the power of attorney document must be signed by two witnesses or notarized. Read the instructions on your form to determine the requirements.

There are several power of attorney forms to choose from: general, health care, financial, real estate, business, etc. It is important that you do your research to determine which form is going to meet your needs. If you are not able to determine this on your own, you should reach out to a lawyer to assist you in making that decision.

A notary public is not responsible for ensuring that you have chosen the right form to use. Under California law, we are not able to provide, choose, or complete forms on behalf of our customers. We cannot tell you whether you completed the form correctly and if it will do what you want it to do. This is considered the unauthorized practice of law.

Power of Attorney Resources

I have found the following resources to be helpful to my customers when they call with questions about power of attorney forms.

AARP Article - Power of Attorney: Crucial Documents for Caregiving 

The following sites provide a lot of information about the types of forms, when you may use them, and they make it easy to create them.



Here is a link to a YouTube Power of Attorney Video that will tell you how to obtain and complete a statutory power of attorney form.

If you prefer to receive assistance with your documents, you can contact a legal document assistant or paralegal. This one has good reviews on google: Just Document Preparation

For referrals to lawyers in Riverside who can assist you with estate planning, please text me at (951) 394-2366.

When you are ready to get your forms notarized, please call me to schedule an appointment. You can also schedule online here.

Castillo Mobile Notary Services


August 25, 2022

Why do you need a mobile notary?

CONVENIENCE is one of the top reasons that I get hired to travel to a customer to notarize their documents. It can often be time-consuming to step away from your day to go to UPS or Postal Annex to get a document notarized. There may be a long line or the notary may not be available. With mobile notary services, you can schedule an appointment or call when you need services, and I will travel to a location that is convenient to you. Depending on the number of documents that you have, the process can take less than 10 minutes to verify your identity and notarize your documents. This saves you a ton of time and makes the process hassle-free. 

INABILITY TO TRAVEL is another reason you  might need to hire a mobile notary. You or your family member may be confined to a bed, have a hard time leaving the house, or not have transportation. I travel to homes, remote locations, nursing homes and hospitals, often to notarize power of attorney documents, affidavits, real estate documents, or trust  documents that will assist you or your family member in being able to take care of business. It is not always feasible to travel and Castillo Mobile Notary Services can be the one to travel to you so that you don’t have to worry about how you will get your documents notarized. 

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING is also a huge benefit to hiring a mobile notary. Castillo Mobile Notary Services Riverside is available 24 hours and will take same day appointments. We work during non-business hours so you don’t have to worry about taking time off from work or family. If you have more down-time on the weekends, I can travel to you to notarize documents on a Saturday or Sunday morning or evening. I also schedule early morning appointments and late evening appointments. Most businesses that offer notary services open at 9am and close at 5pm. By hiring me for mobile notary services, I can schedule around you.

Castillo Mobile Notary Services offers mobile notary services in Riverside, Corona, Norco, Jurupa Valley, and surrounding areas. We are available anytime you need us. Contact us today at (951) 394-2366 to schedule an appointment.