Exam Registration

Candidate Information/Fees

Frequency of Testing: Candidates can test ONLY once per calendar month. If the exam is taken more than once in a calendar month, the second score will be invalid and any fees paid will be forfeited.

Reappointments: Candidates applying for reappointment are not encouraged to test more then twelve months in advance of the commission expiration.

Result Notification: Results from your Notary Public Examination will be sent approximately 15 business days following the exam. Result information will not be discussed over the phone. A SCORE OF 70 IS PASSING.

Candidates passing the examination: All persons appointed as a Notary Public are required to undergo a background check by the California Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for each and every Notary Public Appointment. The Request for Live Scan Service form is available on the Secretary of State website at www.sos.ca.gov/notary/forms

Notary Public commissions are issued from the Secretary of State’s office, Notary Public Section. The notary public application processing time can be viewed on the Secretary of State’s website at http://www.sos.ca.gov/notary/processing-times/

Candidates not passing the exam will be mailed a fail notice.

When retaking the exam, please submit:

  • Fail notification letter (if applicable),
  • Completed application form,
  • The original Proof of Completion from your mandatory education class, if you have completed the course,
  • 2" x 2" color passport photograph of yourself,
  • A check, cashiers check, or money order for $20.00 made payable to the Secretary of State.

Rescoring Test Results: Requests for rescoring test results must be submitted in writing and accompanied with a $30.00 money order only, payable to CPS HR. No checks or cash will be accepted. Rescoring requests must be received by CPS HR within 45 days after the test date at the following address: 2450 Del Paso Road, Suite 160, Sacramento, CA 95834, ATTN: Notary Public Exam Services. Processing of these requests will be handled on a daily basis.

Commission: Notary Public commissions are issued from the Secretary of State’s Office, Notary Public Section.

Emergency Test Center Closure: Inclement weather or other emergencies may force the closure of a test center on the scheduled test date. In that event, the examination will be rescheduled. All registered candidates will receive notification of the new date and time of the test.

Fees: Each candidate must have a separate check or money order, made payable to the Secretary of State. The candidate’s name must be preprinted on the check; temporary checks are not accepted. Cash is not accepted. Receipts are available upon request at the test site.

Fees are to be paid by check or money order only made payable to the SECRETARY OF STATE, according to the following fee schedule:

  • New applicants and Reappointments: $40.00
  • Applicants who have previously taken the exam and failed: $20.00

Note: Fees are nonrefundable.