Notary Public State Exam Schedule, California

To be granted a Notary Public commission, you must meet the requirements set by the Secretary of State’s office (see handbook) 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 Cooperative Personnel Service (CPS HR) to conduct its regularly scheduled examinations at established test centers throughout the state of California.

CPS HR administers the Notary Public written examination ONLY.

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IMPORTANT PLEASE READ!!!!! Please be sure you have passes one of our online training courses prior to registering for the state exam.  You will be required to submit our proof of completion certificate prior to taking the state exam.

Prior to taking the Notary State Exam

It is recommended that the applicant review the Notary Public Handbook.

Allow plenty of travel time and bring the following items to the Notary State Exam:

  • A current photo identification (e.g. California Driver’s License or Identification Card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles);
  • A complete current Notary Public Application form;
  • A 2″ x 2″ color passport photo of yourself;
  • The Proof of Completion certificate of your six-hour or three-hour approved education course;
  • The registration confirmation letter; and
  • The $40.00 exam and application processing fee (or $20.00 exam fee for applicants who previously took the exam and failed). Payment must be by check or money order made payable to the Secretary of State (cash is not accepted at the exam site).

Notary State Exam results will be available 15 business days after the examination. CPS HR Consulting will mail the exam results to applicants. A score of at least 70 is required to pass the exam. Exam results will not be discussed over the telephone.

Successful applicants (those receiving a score of at least 70) will have their applications transmitted to the Secretary of State for processing.

Each applicant not receiving a score of at least 70 will be sent their original application and re-take voucher with the fail notice. The examination may be re-taken, but may not be taken more than once in the same calendar month.

Checks returned by the financial institution upon which they were drawn are subject to a return fee and may be grounds for notary public application processing delay or notary public commission cancellation. (Government Code section 8204.1.)