CA Notary Exam

What to Bring

Bring the following materials with you to the testing center:

1. Follow the Notary Exam Safety Guidelines

2. Photo identification
One of the following Photo Identification:
Must be current or issued within the last 5 years: no other forms of photo identification are acceptable.

  • A driver's license or State DMV I.D. card*
  • A Canadian or Mexican Driver's license
  • U.S. Passport/Passport Card or Passport/Passport Card issued by a foreign government
  • A U.S. Military I.D. Card

3. Notary Public application
A completed current application form
Attach to this application a 2” x 2” color passport photograph of yourself and the proof of completion certificate (3-hour or 6-hour) received from the notary public education course provider, if you have completed the course.

4. Payment of exam fee
New applicants and reappointments: $40.00
Applicants who have previously taken the exam and failed: $20.00
Candidates must have a separate check, money order, or cashier’s check, made payable to the Secretary of State. The candidate’s name must be preprinted on the check; temporary checks are not accepted. Cash is not accepted. Receipts are available upon request at the test site.
Note: Fees are nonrefundable.

Checks must be current OR have a void date at least 90 days from the exam date.

5. Sharpened No. 2 lead pencils

Retake Candidates: For candidates who have previously failed the exam and are retaking it, please bring a copy of your fail letter.

Personal Belongings: During the exam personal belongings must be placed in the designated location. Neither CPS nor the Secretary of State is responsible for personal belongings at the test; therefore, CPS recommends bringing only your I.D., application materials, pencils, and a check or money order into the exam room.

Please note, the test site may not have a clock in the room; you may wear an analog watch (a watch with non-digital hands to show the time) to monitor your time.


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.

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