Notary Exam Information

The Notary Process:

The California Notary Exam is administered by CPS HR Consulting . Prior to being allowed to test, the proctor will take and verify your application along with your passport photo, Proof of Completion and your fee of $40 Payable to the Secretary of State. The proctor will also verify your identity.  Notary Exam Information

About the Notary Public Examination:

The Notary Public Examination consists of:

30 Questions
Multiple Choice
50 Minutes to complete
Must pass by 70%
Closed-book examination
All material in the California Notary Handbook is subject to examination.

Result Notification:

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

Bring the following materials to the Notary Exam:

1. Photo Identification (one from the list below), 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 or Passport issued by a foreign government

• A U.S. Military I.D. Card

2. A check, money order, or cashier’s check for the appropriate fee made payable to The Secretary of State, with the candidate’s name and last four digits of the Social Security number written on it. The candidate’s name must be preprinted on the check; temporary checks are not accepted. Cash is not accepted.

3.. A completed application form – available at: California Notary Public State Application 

4. Two (2) sharpened No. 2 lead pencils

During the exam all 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, and a check or money order into the exam room.