Becoming a Notary Public

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.


Qualifications and Requirements for a California Notary Public appointment:
  1. Be a legal resident of the State of California.
  2. Be at least 18 years old.
  3. Complete our training class  approved by the Secretary of State.
  4. Pass an notary exam prescribed by the Secretary of State.
  5. Pass a background check.

If you are not aware of the steps to becoming a notary, it may delay the process.