You can register for a California Notary Public examination online!
If you do not see a session in the online registration system, it is either closed or full; you are welcome to attend the exam as a walk-in candidate.
Please view the exam schedule first to select the location, date, and time of the exam you wish to register for before click to register online.
To register online: Click here
Walk-in registration is allowed on a space-available, "first come, first served" basis. Walk-in candidates will be admitted into the test center after all pre-registered applicants have been admitted; please arrive 45 minutes early for walk-in registration. Walk-in registration is not guaranteed, but is encouraged due to the high rate of no-show candidates.
A confirmation scheduling letter will be sent via email or USPS (if no email address is on file) 1-2 weeks prior to the examination date.
Arrival Time: All candidates, walk-in or pre-registered, should arrive at the test site 45 minutes prior to the scheduled examination time.
Required documents and test fees: Please see What to Bring
Special Accommodation Testing is available for applicants who have an ADA disability or are unable to take the examination on Saturday due to religious affiliations.
For special accommodations testing, CPS HR requires a request in writing with your preferred location and exam date as well as your contact information. You must also attach a document signed by your clergy or doctor on their official letterhead specifically identifying the accommodation required. Send your official request to email@example.com or CPS HR Notary Public Exam, 2450 Del Paso Road, Suite 160, Sacramento, CA 95834. Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing.
Frequency of Testing: Candidates can test ONLY once per calendar month. If the exam is taken more than once in a calendar month, the second score will be invalid and any fees paid will be forfeited.
Reappointments: Candidates applying for reappointment are not encouraged to test more than twelve months in advance of the commission expiration.
Please click HERE for current Notary exam safety guidelines and procedures.
CPS HR Consulting is the only organization contracted with the California Secretary of State to administer the Notary exam on behalf of the State of California.
If you are looking for education providers to prepare for the notary exam please click on the approved vendor list. If you have any questions regarding registering or taking the exam, please contact us. For questions regarding obtaining a notary commission, please contact the California Secretary of State.