CPS HR Consulting

California Notary Exam

Register to take your examination for a notary commission.

California Notary Exam

To be granted a California Notary Public commission, you must meet the requirements set by the Secretary of State's office and pass an examination to verify that you have at least a minimum level of knowledge regarding the laws and regulations affecting notary public services. The Notary Public Section has contracted with CPS HR Consulting to conduct its regularly scheduled examinations at established test centers throughout the state of California.

CPS HR administers the Notary Public written examination ONLY. Information on mandatory notary education may be found on the Secretary of State's website by clicking here.

If you have already received an email with a username and temporary password, you can obtain your exam results or register for an exam by clicking My Account. Once logged in, select “View Notifications” to see a copy of your exam results letter. Exam results will be ready approximately 15 - 20 business days after the exam date. Business days are Monday - Friday excluding holiday closures.

Results have been processed for exams taken on or before

May 7, 2024

Exam results are emailed to the email address on record (when an email is provided) and available in your online account.

Our current results processing timeline is 15-20 business days. Business days are Monday - Friday, excluding holiday closures. We thank you for your patience.

Passed the exam? Notary commissions are issued from the Secretary of State's Office, Notary Public Section. You can check the current processing times here.


Please continue to monitor the website; when test sessions become available you can register for them online. If you do not see a session in the online registration system, it is either unavailable or full; session availability is limited due to social-distancing requirements.  

Please register HERE, due to a very high call volume we are unable to process exam registration over the phone.

If you are looking to register for both your education courses and exam, please contact an education vendor.
View the approved vendor list.

Mandatory Exam Safety Guidelines & Procedures

Please click HERE for mandatory Notary exam safety guidelines and procedures.

Test Schedule

You can register for a California Notary Public examination online below! Note: Before clicking on the "Registration" button, please view the exam schedule to select the location, date, and time of the exam you wish to register for.


CPS HR Consulting
Notary Public Examination Services
(916) 263-3520
2450 Del Paso Road, Suite 160
Sacramento, CA 95834



CPS HR Consulting is the only organization contracted with the California Secretary of State to administer the Notary exam on behalf of the State of California.

If you are looking for education providers to prepare for the notary exam please click on the approved vendor list. If you have any questions regarding registering or taking the exam, please contact us. For questions regarding obtaining a notary commission, please contact the California Secretary of State..