How to Become a Notary
What is a Notary Public?
Why are documents notarized?
What are the requirements to become a California Notary Public?
Be 18 years of age or older (there is no maximum age set by statute) and
Be a legal California resident
Complete a the mandatory 6 hour course of study approved by the Secretary of State
Satisfactorily complete and pass a written examination prescribed by the Secretary of State
Clear a background check (information on fingerprinting below)
How do I become a California Notary Public?
What happens after I take the course?
What do I take to the Exam?
A current photo identification (e.g. California Driver's License or Identification Card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles or U.S. Passport);
A complete and current Notary Public Application;
A 2" x 2" color passport photo of yourself;
The Proof of Completion certificate of your six-hour approved education course;
The registration confirmation letter; and
The $40.00 exam and application processing fee (or $20.00 exam fee for applicants who previously took the exam and failed). Payment must be by check or money order made payable to the Secretary of State (cash is not accepted at the exam site).
How many questions are on the test?
When will I receive my results?
Result Notification: Results from your Notary Public Examination will be emailed (if you provided an email address on the upper right corner of your application) or mailed via USPS approximately 15 business days following the examination. Result information will not be discussed over the phone.
If you listed an email address on your application, a message containing your user name and password will be sent to you from CPScontact@cpshr.us. Receipt of this message indicates we have processed your application.
This message is automatically generated and may not clear any “spam” filters. In this case, the message is likely to be in your “junk” mailbox. Exam results will be ready approximately 15 business days after the exam date.
To view your results notification online, select the “My Account” link located in the toolbar on the right side. Once logged in, select “View Notifications” to see a copy of your exam results letter. Exam results are available approximately 15 business days after the exam date.
What do I do after I pass the Notary test?
Do I need any Notary supplies?
Yes, you will need to order your official Notary Public stamp and journal. You can not notarize any documents until you obtain your Notary Public seal and journal.