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Exam Registration:

Notary Public Candidate Information and Exam Schedule

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for a Notary Public exam?
How do I obtain Notary Handbook and candidate information?
How do I receive my test results after the exam?
How long will it take to receive my commission after I pass the exam?

How do I register for a Notary Public exam?
You may register for a Notary Public exam either online or by phone, up to 15 business days prior to the exam.

To register online, go to Test Schedule and review locations and dates for your area.

To register by phone, please contact CPS at (916) 263-3520 (available Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm). Be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Daytime Phone Number
  • Examination date, time and location
  • Email Address

A confirmation scheduling letter will be sent via email or USPS at least 15 business days prior to the examination date.

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How do I obtain Notary Handbook and candidate information?

The Notary Handbook and candidate information are available either online or by mail. The documents can be found online using the links below.

NOTARY HANDBOOK

TEST INFORMATION SHEET

You can request an information packet containing these documents by mail here.

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How do I receive my test results after the exam?

Result Notification: Results from your Notary Public Examination will be emailed (if you provided an email address on the upper right hand corner of your application) or mailed via USPS approximately 15 business days following the examination. Result information will not be discussed over the phone.

If you listed an email address on your application, a message containing your user name and password will be sent to you from CPScontact@cpshr.us. Receipt of this message indicates we have processed your application.

This message is automatically generated and may not clear any “spam” filters. In this case, the message is likely to be in your “junk” mailbox.
Exam results will be ready approximately 15 business days after the exam date.

To view your results notification online, select the “My Account” link located in the toolbar on the right side. Once logged in, select “View Notifications” to see a copy of your exam results letter. Exam results are available approximately 15 business days after the exam date.

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How long will it take to receive my commission after I pass the exam?

To check current processing times, please visit the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ca.gov/notary/processing-times/
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Contact Notary

Public Department:

(916) 263-3520