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Exam Registration:

Notary Public Candidate Information and Exam Schedule

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for a Notary Public exam?
How do I obtain Notary Handbook and candidate information?
How do I receive my test results after the exam?
How long will it take to receive my commission after I pass the exam?

How do I register for a Notary Public exam?
You may register for a Notary Public exam either online or by phone, up to 15 business days prior to the exam.

To register online, go to Test Schedule and review locations and dates for your area.

Note: Please view the exam schedule first to select the location, date, and time of the exam you wish to register for before clicking on the "Register for an Examination" button.

To register by phone, please contact CPS at (916) 263-3520 (available Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm). Be prepared to provide the following information:
  • Your Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Daytime Phone Number
  • Examination date, time and location
  • Email Address

A confirmation scheduling letter will be sent via email or USPS if your registration is made at least 15 business days prior to the examination date.

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How do I obtain Notary Handbook and candidate information?

The Notary Handbook and candidate information are available either online or by mail. To obtain materials via the Web, use the links on the right.

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How do I receive my test results after the exam?

Result Notification: Results from your Notary Public Examination will be emailed (if you provided an email address on the upper right hand 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.

Select the link “My Account” located on the bottom, left hand side of the CPS home page. Once logged in, select “View Notifications” to see a copy of your exam results letter. Exam results will be ready approximately 15 business days after the exam date.

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How long will it take to receive my commission after I pass the exam?

To check current processing times, please visit the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ca.gov/notary/processing-times/
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Contact Notary

Public Department:

(916) 263-3520