Notary Training

About the Exam

Take the California State-Required Notary Exam Immediately Following the 'Prepare for and Pass the CA Notary Exam' Workshop!

The NNA's California Notary Exam Preparation seminar is the most convenient and comprehensive way to prepare for the state-required Notary Public exam. You can take the exam right after the workshop!

For the convenience of NNA members an exam is offered after every seminar, but advance registration is required. Call 1-800-876-6827 to register or register online!

Exam Registration
To guarantee that you have a reserved seat at the NNA testing location, you must be pre-registered and confirmed. Walk-in registration is allowed only if space permits.

You must pay the State commission fee on the day of the exam. This fee cannot be paid in advance. The commission fee is separate from the NNA seminar fee, and is payable by a separate check or money order made out to the Secretary of State:

  • New and renewing Notaries (applicants applying for the first time and those currently holding a valid commission): $40.00
  • Retaking exam (applicants with a voucher to retake the exam): $20.00

Print your name and Social Security number on your check. One check per applicant; cash and credit cards are not accepted. Receipts will be issued upon request at the exam site.

What to Bring

  • Official photo ID (current driver license, passport, or state-issued nondriver ID card). The name on the ID document must match the name indicated at the top of the commission application.
  • Check or money order for the appropriate State commission fee
  • Completed commission application form
  • Two sharpened No. 2 pencils

The above items must be submitted to the exam proctors during check-in. You will not be allowed to take the exam if you are missing any of these items.

Check-In Exam check-in time for the exam is 3:45 p.m. (The seminar concludes at 3:30 p.m., and the exam will take place in the same room as the seminar.) All exam takers must check in and submit fees, completed applications and a state-approved ID card to the exam proctor before entering the exam room. The exam begins at 4:30 p.m., or when all candidates are checked in. Please be prompt; no one will be admitted into the test center once proctor instructions have begun. No smoking, eating, or drinking is permitted in the testing center.

Exam Format The Notary Public exam consists of 30 multiple choice questions. It is a closed-book exam covering material from the Notary Public Handbook. You will have 50 minutes to complete the exam.

Exam Results Exam results will be mailed within 10 business days of taking the exam. A passing score is 70% or better. Scores will not be released or discussed over the phone. If you have not received your results 14 business days following your exam, please call CPS at 1-916-263-3520.

Retaking the Exam If you do not pass the exam, you will receive information regarding your options for retaking the exam when you receive your score. You may not retake the exam until the next calendar month; scores for any exam taken prior to that will be invalid.

Security Procedures You will be allowed only a minimal amount of materials in the testing room, which must be kept in a designated area once testing begins. Neither the exam proctors nor the NNA are responsible for any items during testing.

You will be permitted to study from the handbook or seminar workbook until testing begins. This is a closed-book exam.

No questions regarding test items will be answered by the proctors. You will not be permitted to talk or communicate with anyone other than the proctor, and use of books, notes or other aids during the exam is prohibited.

Once you have been seated and the exam begins, you may leave the test center only once to use the restroom and only after obtaining permission from the proctor. When doing so, you will not receive extra time to complete the exam.

Any candidate seen giving or receiving assistance, found with unauthorized materials or who violates any security regulations will be asked to turn in all testing materials and to leave the test center. All such instances will be reported to the Notary Public Section of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Copying or communication of the test content is a violation of security regulations and will result in the disqualification of exam results and legal action under Federal copyright laws.

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