Registering for the Notary Exam
The Live Seminar and Notary Exam
You will receive your certificate of completion at the seminar site if you elect to take our live seminar and notary exam. Your seminar registration automatically registers you for the notary exam so just show up to your class and be sure to bring your identification. The fee for first time examinees or those renewing their commission is $40. The fee for those who have previously taken the test and failed is $20.00. Fees must be made with check or money order. The Cooperative Personnel Services (CPS) is contracted with the state to administer the test and their Proctors do not accept cash since all monies are forwarded to the Secretary of State. The seminar fee is separate. Don't forget to take advantage of the special arrangments we have made for our students with our exceptional "Gold Package" $79.95 add-on value complete with notary supplies, services, free advertising, 4-yr notary hotline and more. Please also be aware of our "Loan Signing Seminar" $100 discount. Any person signing up for our notary class and the loan signing class at the same time receives an immediate $100 discount for the Loan Signing Class!
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If you are not taking a Live Notary Seminar but wish to complete the the approved Notary Home Study Course
If you do not want to register for a live seminar, and you have completed the approved Notary Home Study Course, download the Registration form and Affidavit of Completion and fill out the accompanying affidavit in order to receive your Certificate of Completion. The affidavit requires you to swear under penalty of perjury that you spent a minimum of 6 hours on the approved notary course.
We have included the necessary forms required to obtain your Certification of Completion so simply select the option below to finalize your Home Study requirements. The processing fee for your Home Study Certification of Completion is $29.95.
Unless you register for a live notary seminar, you will need to register for the exam and select an examination site on line at https://notary.cps.ca.gov or by phone at 1-916-263-3520 Mon thru Fri 8am-5pm. Walk-in registration is also available but not guaranteed.
Be sure to arrive 30 min prior to the exam time. The fee for first time examinees or those renewing their commission is $40. The fee for those who have previously taken the test and failed is $20.00. Fees must be made with check or money order. The Cooperative Personnel Services (CPS) is contracted with the state to administer the test and their Proctors do not accept cash since all monies are forwarded to the Secretary of State.
Take your completed application to the examination site. This application is then also forwarded to the Secretary of State for qualifying information. If taking a live seminar from Notaryclasses.com, this application will be available for you at the seminar site.
If you are taking your examination at a CPS site, be certain to submit your “Proof of Completion” for the mandatory educational requirements or you will not receive a commission even if you pass the examination.
Testing will be a maximum of 50 minutes; the CPS proctor administers the test and they will require you to bring identification (driver’s license, DMV ID card, passport or US military card). Do not ask the CPS Proctors notary questions because as Proctors for the Notary Examination, they are not permitted to be notaries themselves.
If you are retaking the exam, you should also bring in a completed application form and the fail letter notification. Bring two #2 pencils whether attending our live seminar & exam or taking the exam directly with the CPS.
Finally, the actual test is a closed-book exam with 30 questions. You must receive a score of at least 70% to pass which means that you can miss up to 9 questions. If you have completed this study course you should absolutely have no problems passing the exam. Please consider taking a some time to also read the California Notary State Handbook.
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