New or Renewing California Notary

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Interactive California Notary Course Features:

Video Instruction

We use the power of the internet to bring an instructor right into your computer. The instructor will teach and reinforce the materials to help you retain and connect with it. We even provide you detailed instructions on how to obtain your commission! The video can be accessed at any time, from any computer, tablet or phone with internet access. Plus, you can re-watch the videos as many times as you like.

Immediate Access - No Delays!

Because we value your time, upon receipt of your payment, you will IMMEDIATELY be granted with access to your notary course. You can start your California notary training in just a few minutes!

Instant Access

Social Interaction

Your course includes a social forum to ask questions and receive responses from your instructor and other students in a classroom-style discussion.

Instant Access to Your Proof of Completion Certificate

After completing the course, you will have access to a Proof of Completion Certificate. Display it proudly to show you take your notary commission seriously and that you are well-trained in the laws and procedures of California notaries public.

Save Money! California Notary Supplies Package

Save money by ordering your training, supplies and bond together in a custom notary supply package. Choose only the items you need or want. If you do not wish to save money you can order the Training Only.

How to Become a Notary Public in California
Step by Step Instructions

See the full eligibility requirements here: California Notary Eligibility

  1. Mandatory Education
  2. State Exam
    • Take the state-administered test (same day of LIVE seminar)
      • Bring a $40 check payable to: Secretary of State
      • Bring a 2"x2" Color "Passport" Photograph ($10-$15 at seminar)
      • Bring a valid photo ID
      • Bring a California notary application (will be provided at seminar if you do not bring it)
      • The test must be taken at a proctored location.  The California notary exam is:
        • 45 Questions
        • Multiple choice
        • 60 minutes to complete
        • 70% or higher is a passing grade
      • Taking the Online Course?  Register for a California Notary State Exam:
  3. Test Scores
    You will receive a letter in the mail saying 'You have passed'
    • After the seminar, you can go online to: to view your test score. To obtain your password, call CPS at (916) 263-3520. Test results should be posted 8-10 business days after the exam.

  4. Live Scan
    Submit live scan fingerprints to the Department of Justice and FBI for your thorough background check.
  5. Processing Period
    • Wait for your commission paperwork to arrive (4-12 weeks from exam date).  This will arrive by postal mail and will say "Register to Vote" on the large 9"x12" envelope.  It is imperative that you open this IMMEDIATELY.  For renewing notaries, the commission paperwork for the new commission will be mailed out no sooner than around 1 month prior to current commission expiration. You can check commission processing times and your status at

  6. Notary Supplies
    Order your official notary stamp/embosser and bond
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    • CA Certificate of AuthorizationSend your ORIGINAL Certificate of Authorization to Manufacture Notary Public Seals to:
      PO Box 41400
      Des Moines, IA 50311

      500 New York Avenue
      Des Moines, IA 50313

    • We send California notary supplies either same day or next business day after we receive your Certificate of Authorization.  Please allow 3-4 business days from our receipt of your certificate for you to receive your notary supplies.

  7. Notary Bond and Filing with County Clerk
    File your 4-year/$15,000 bond and oath of office with the county clerk
    • You can order your bond and E&O insurance at the following site: California Notary Bonds and Insurance
    • You must take the following items to file at the county clerk:
      • Original Bond
        • Must be signed by a licensed CA insurance agent.
        • Must include surety seal.
        • Must include the principal's (the notary's) signature.
      • Two Oath of Office Forms
        • These are included in your commission packet you received from the state.
      • Original Commission Certificate (Gold Foil Seal)
      • Photo ID
      • Payment for filing and recording fees (varies by county)
  8. Congratulations, you are a California Notary Public!


Commission Term: 4 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: California Resident
Stamp/Seal: Inked Stamp
Journal: Required
Bond: $15,000
Application Fee: $40 (test and application)
Eligibility: No felony convictions or disqualifying misdemeanors.
Other: Mandatory Education, State Exam, Background Check

Notary Public Section
P.O. Box 942877
Sacramento, CA 94277-0001

Phone: (916) 653-3595

What are the total costs to become a new notary in California?

$49.95-$99 Required Training
$40 State Exam ($20 if failed previous exam)
$72-$80 Live Scan
$10-$15 2x2 "Passport" Photo
$45-$119 Notary Supplies (Journal, stamp, fingerprint kit)
$38 $15,000/4yr bond
$20-$100+ Oath of office, filing and recording fees
$275-$442 Total costs for 4 year commission.