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Educational requirements for all Notaries in California

NotaryClasses.com is an approved educational provider for this notary course.

Mandatory Education
THe California Secretary of State requires all notary candidates, including re-comissioning notaries to take an approved 6-hour notary course prior to commissioning. All subsequent commissioning will only require a 3-hour refresher course prior to testing.

See government code

Re-comissioning
A Notary Commission lasts four years after which a notary may apply for re-commissioning. A notary whose commission is expiring can retake the examination no sooner than six months prior to the termination date of their commission. Commissioned notaries with less than a six-month break between commissions will not have to submit fingerprints, but notaries with more than a six-month break will be required to submit fingerprints through live scan just as a new notary.

The Exam
A notary is commissioned after passing a written examination with a score of at least 70% and submitting a Proof of Completion of an approved notary course to the Secretary of State. There are currently 30 multiple-choice questions on the exam and you must answer at least 70% correctly to pass.

Your completed notary application will be submitted at the place of examination, and will then be forwarded to the Secretary of State for review. Please note that a fee of $40, ($20 for the application and $20 for the exam) will be due at that time. You must pay with either check or money order, as the state will not accept cash. You will need to print your name and social security number at the bottom left portion of the check.

You will need to bring to the testing site identification such as:

  • A valid DMV issued driver’s license from any state.
  • A State issued ID.
  • A current U.S. or foreign passport.
  • A Military ID Card
    The State will not accept a VISA or Student ID card for identification.   If you have an Alien Registration Card, you will need to know your number when you fill out the application.
    If you have any further questions about your identification documents or change of name, contact the Secretary of State, Notary Division at:
    Business Programs Division
    Notary Public Section
    P.O. Box 942877
    Sacramento, CA 94277-0001
    916-653-3595
    916-653-9580 (fax)

    Once you take the exam, you will need to wait 7 to 10 business days before your results are mailed to you.

    Scoring less than 70% on the exam will require you to retake the exam. Since NotaryClasses.com guarantees that you will pass the exam, you may retake your exam at one of our locations. Please contact us at 800-873-9865 to schedule if necessary.

    Fingerprinting
    All notary applicants must have their fingerprints on file with the Secretary of State. Fingerprinting must be completed through an approved "Live-Scan" provider. NotaryClasses provides a convenient option for you to complete your live scan on the same day as your class in our Southern California locations. The cost for live-scan is $60.

    Commissioned notaries with less than a six-month break between commissions will not have to submit fingerprints, but notaries with more than a six-month break will be required to submit fingerprints through live scan just as a new notary.

    Our "Live Scan" service is available in our Southern California locations. You may also schedule Live Scan services through other Live Scan providers once your live scan application is sent to you from the Secretary of State. For those classes that our live scan service is available, please note that your live scan is automatically submitted through the computer system used and no additional application will be necessary.

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