How to Become a California Notary


How to Become a Notary Public in California

See the full eligibility requirements here: California Notary Eligibility
  1. Mandatory Education
  2. State Exam
    • Take the state-administered test (same day of LIVE seminar)
      • Bring a $40 check payable to: Secretary of State
      • Bring a 2"x2" Color "Passport" Photograph ($10 at seminar)
      • Bring a valid photo ID
      • Bring a California notary application (will be provided at seminar if you do not bring it)
      • The test is:
        • 30 questions
        • Multiple choice
        • 50 minutes to complete
        • 70% or higher is a passing grade
        • WE GUARANTEE YOU WILL PASS!
      • Online Course State Exam Registration:
        • Call CPS at (916) 263-3520 or
        • Go online to: http://www.cpshr.us/exams/notary/info.html
        • You must register AT LEAST two weeks in advance to guarantee a seat.  You may show up to an exam location as "stand-by."  We recommend you show up at least an hour early.
  3. Test Scores You will receive a letter in the mail saying 'You have passed'
    • After the seminar, you can go online to: https://cmas.cpshr.us/CMAS/Login.aspx to view your test score. To obtain your password, call CPS at (916) 263-3520. Test results should be posted 8-10 business days after the exam.
  4. Live Scan Submit live scan fingerprints to the Department of Justice and FBI for your thorough background check.
  5. Processing Period
    • Wait for your commission paperwork to arrive (4-12 weeks from exam date). For renewing notaries, the commission paperwork for the new commission will be mailed out no sooner than 1 month prior to commission expiration. You can check your notary status at CAnotary.info.
    • You can check current processing times here: http://www.sos.ca.gov/notary/processing-times/
  6. Notary Supplies Order your official notary stamp/embosser and bond
  7. Notary Bond File your 4-year/$15,000 bond and oath of office with the county clerk
  8. Congratulations, you are a California Notary Public! Now you can advertise your services on Notary.net. You can also take our Loan Signing Training Course.

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    2018 ID Checking Guide, U.S. & Canada Edition

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    Driver's license and I.D. checking guide. A notary public should own a copy of the I.D. Checking Guide to use when verifying in- and out-of-state identification.
    $32.95 $16.95
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    California Professional Package

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    California Deluxe Notary Package

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    California Notary Basic Package

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    California Notary Basic Package

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    California Notary Starter Package

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    California Notary Starter Package

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    If you do not have your notary commission information, it is okay to leave the custom fields blank.  We will customize your stamp with the information provided in your Certificate of Authorization.

    $189.00
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    California Notary State-Approved Online Course

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    • California State-Approved Notary Course
    • 3.5 Hours+ of Streaming, On-Demand Video Instruction
    • Approved for both 3-hour and 6-hour training requirement
      • 3-hour vendor ID: 302553
      • 6-hour vendor ID: 602559
    • 12 Months of Unlimited Access
    • Immediate access to Proof of Completion Certificate (PDF)
    • Course forums to receive updates, ask questions and interact with other students
    • Quick support from the instructor via phone or email
    Free Preview: *To meet the training requirement each user must have their own course and login. For 3 or more students we offer a 20% discount, 10 or more 40% and 20+ is 50%!  Follow the instructions below to add multiple students.
    $99.95 $49.95
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    California Notary Stamp

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    Choose your desired California notary stamp type below. Start by choosing the stamp type, then stamp color, then ink color. Not all notary stamps offer all options.
    $18.00$28.95
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    Notary Records Journal

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    MOJO: Modern Journal of Notarial Events

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    Keeping a notary journal is required by law in 16 states and strongly recommended in the rest. A journal is an important chronicle of your notarial actions and can help protect you in the event of future legal proceedings. The Modern Journal meets all state requirements and contains room for nearly 500 entries, with multiple notarizations per entry. Other features include: - 128 numbered heavy-weight pages - tamper-proof binding and sewn construction - time-saving checkboxes - complete instructions Every attempt has been made to strike the perfect balance between quality and economy - we hope you'll agree.
    $15.95$18.95
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    Classic Journal of Notarial Events

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    Inkless Thumbprint Pad

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    California Notary Bond

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    A notary surety bond protects the public from mistakes you make while performing your notarial duties during the term of your commission that result in damage to the public.
    $38.00
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    Notary E&O Policy

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    Loan Signing Agent Certification Course

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    $99.00 $45.00
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    California Notary Embosser

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    California Notary Forms

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    California Notary Acknowledgment Stamp

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    California Notary Jurat Stamp

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    California Notary Disclaimer Stamp

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    Embosser Impression Inker

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    2018 California Notary Handbook

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California Notary Requirements


Commission Term: 4 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: California Resident
Stamp/Seal: Inked Stamp
Journal: Required
Bond: $15,000
Application Fee: $40 (test and application)
Eligibility: No felony convictions or disqualifying misdemeanors.
Other: Mandatory Education, State Exam, Background Check


Address:
Notary Public Section
P.O. Box 942877
Sacramento, CA 94277-0001

Phone: (916) 653-3595

Important California Notary Links

California State Website
California Notary Application
California Apostilles
California Notary Name Change
California Notary Address Change
California Notary Database
California Notary Handbook


What are the total costs to become a new notary in California?

$49.95 Required Training
$40 State Exam ($20 if failed previous exam)
$72-$80 Live Scan
$10-$15 2x2 "Passport" Photo
$45-$119 Notary Supplies (Journal, stamp, fingerprint kit)
$38 $15,000/4yr bond
$20-$100+ Oath of office, filing and recording fees
$275-$442 Total costs for 4 year commission.

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