CA Notary Exam

REGISTRATION
Notary Exam Registration

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- My Account
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- Test Schedule
- Exam Materials
- What to Bring
- Security Procedures
- FAQ's

When do I get exam results?
Results will be emailed to you 3 weeks following the examination.

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 is the exam?
How is the exam scored?
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.

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 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. The documents can be found online using the links below.

NOTARY HANDBOOK

TEST INFORMATION SHEET

You can request an information packet containing these documents by mail here.

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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 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.

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How long is the exam?

Effective July 1, 2019 the Notary Public exam is 45 items and candidates are permitted 60 minutes to complete the exam.



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How is the exam scored?

A scaled score of at least 70 is required to pass the exam. Candidates who take the California Notary Public Examination receive a scaled score that ranges from 0 to 100. A scaled score is a conversion of a candidate’s raw score on one examination form to a common scale used for all the examination forms. With multiple test forms, it is not appropriate to set a specific pass point. For this reason, the pass point for each exam is adjusted statistically based on the difficulty of the questions on a test. Specifically, the differences in exam difficulty among different administrations are calculated and then the pass points of the new examination forms are adjusted, so the same benchmark standard can be used for each exam. By accounting for differences in difficulty across examination forms, all candidates have a comparable opportunity to pass the examination, regardless of when they take it. Therefore, regardless of how the test difficulty changes over time, the way the scores are interpreted will always remain the same. That is, a score from 70 to 100 will always indicate a passing score and a score from 0 to 69 will always indicate a failing score. A scaled score is NOT a percent score and cannot be calculated by dividing the number correct by the total number of questions on the examination. Rather, a scaled score is a transformation of a raw score.



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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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