Once you’ve completed your notary education course, you’ll need to register for the California notary exam.

Once you’ve completed your notary education course, you’ll need to register for the California notary exam. The exam is administered through CPS (Cooperative Personnel Services). First, review the exam schedule to find a date and location that works for you. Second, register online at any time, or by calling CPS at (916) 263-3520, Monday through Friday from 8 AM - 5 PM. Keep in mind that you’ll need to register at least 15 business days prior to the exam date. Walk-in registration is allowed on a space-available, "first come, first served" basis. Walk-in candidates will be admitted into the test center after all pre-registered applicants have been admitted. Walk-in registration IS NOT guaranteed.

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Be sure to arrive at the test location 45 minutes before the scheduled exam time. You’ll need to bring the following items with you: One of the following forms of photo identification, current or issued within the past 5 years: A drivers license or state DMV issued ID card A U.S. Passport, or Passport issued by a foreign government A U.S. Military ID card A check, money order, or cashier’s check for the appropriate fees ($40 exam and application processing fee, or $20.00 exam fee for applicants who previously took the exam and failed) Made payable to “The Secretary of State” Cash is not accepted Temporary checks are not accepted. The candidate’s name must be pre-printed on the check, or written in the memo field of a pre-printed company check. A completed Notary Public application form (and fail notification letter if retaking the exam) 2” x 2” color passport photograph of yourself The Proof of Completion certificate of your approved education course Your completion certificate is available for you to print as soon as you complete your course. Did you lose yours? You can request a new one via email at Two sharpened No. 2 lead pencils. Everything mentioned above will be taken as part of the exam check in process. During the exam, all personal belongings must be placed in a designated storage area in the testing room. CPS recommends that you bring only the required application materials listed above into the testing location with you, and leave personal belongings in your car or at home. Good Luck on Your Notary Exam!

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Proof of Completion (certificate) must be attached to the Notary Public application when submitted to the Secretary Of State. Applications will NOT be supplied to the applicant at the exam location.