To become a Notary Public in California, you must take a 6-hour approved notary class and provide proof that you took the notary course. The proof or certificate is called: Proof of Completion. The Proof of Completion will be issued to you once you have completed your training. The Proof of Completion or otherwise known as a P.O.C must be provided to the Notary Examiner/Proctor prior to taking the notary test.
Once you have taken the 6-hour class you will only be required to take a 3-hour Renewing class every 4 years, as long as you have not allowed your notary license/commission to expire.
For New Notary Applicants there are a few things you should know. The following are requirements you must meet in order to become a notary.
- Be a legal resident of the State of California.
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Complete our training class approved by the Secretary of State.
- Pass an notary exam prescribed by the Secretary of State.
- Pass a background check.
If you are not aware of the steps to becoming a notary, it may delay the process.