Exam results are emailed to the email address on record (when an email is provided) and available in your online account.
Our current results processing timeline is 15-20 business days. Business days are Monday - Friday, excluding holiday closures. We thank you for your patience.
Pass the exam? Notary commissions are issued from the Secretary of State's Office, Notary Public Section. You can check the current processing times here.
Please continue to monitor the website; when test sessions become available you can register for them online. If you do not see a session in the online registration system, it is either unavailable or full; session availability is limited due to social-distancing requirements.
Please register HERE, due to a very high call volume we are unable to process exam registration over the phone.
If you are looking to register for both your education courses and exam, please contact an education vendor.
View the approved vendor list.
Please click HERE for mandatory Notary exam safety guidelines and procedures.
To be granted a California Notary Public commission, you must meet the requirements set by the Secretary of State's office and pass an examination to verify that you have at least a minimum level of knowledge regarding the laws and regulations affecting notary public services. The Notary Public Section has contracted with CPS HR Consulting to conduct its regularly scheduled examinations at established test centers throughout the state of California.
If you have already received an email with a username and temporary password, you can obtain your exam results or register for an exam by clicking My Account. Once logged in, select “View Notifications” to see a copy of your exam results letter. Exam results will be ready approximately 15 - 20 business days after the exam date. Business days are Monday - Friday excluding holiday closures.
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.