CA Notary Exam

Notary Exam Registration

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- What to Bring
- Security Procedures
- FAQ's

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

What to Bring

Bring the following materials with you to the testing center:

  1. Follow the Notary Exam Safety Guidelines

  2. Photo identification
    One of the following Photo Identification:
    Must be current or issued within the last 5 years: no other forms of photo identification are acceptable.
    • A driver's license or State DMV I.D. card
    • A Canadian or Mexican Driver's license
    • U.S. Passport/Passport Card or Passport/Passport Card issued by a foreign government
    • A U.S. Military I.D. Card

  3. Notary Public application
    A completed current application form
    Attach to this application a 2” x 2” color passport photograph of yourself and the proof of completion certificate (3-hour or 6-hour) received from the notary public education course provider, if you have completed the course.

  4. Payment of exam fee
    New applicants and reappointments: $40.00
    Applicants who have previously taken the exam and failed: $20.00
    Candidates must have a separate check, money order, or cashier’s check, 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.
    Note: Fees are nonrefundable.

  5. Sharpened No. 2 lead pencils

Retake Candidates: For candidates who have previously failed the exam and are retaking it, please bring a copy of your fail letter.

Personal Belongings: During the exam personal belongings must be placed in the designated location. Neither CPS nor the Secretary of State is responsible for personal belongings at the test; therefore, CPS recommends bringing only your I.D., application materials, pencils, and a check or money order into the exam room.