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Hotline Tip: What To Do After Passing The Notary Exam

NNA Hotline Tips For NotariesI took and passed my Notary exam in August. When can I expect to receive my stamp and other official paraphernalia? - J.G., Palo Alto, CA

Congratulations on passing your Notary exam. Your next step in becoming an active Notary is to receive your commission from the Secretary of State. To check the status of your commission, or for updates and other information, visit the California Secretary of State’s website. You may also call the Secretary’s office at 1-916-653-3595. Hit option 3, then option 1, and then “O” to speak to a live person. Once you receive your “certificate of authorization to manufacture a Notary seal,” you can send it to the NNA. We will manufacture your Notary seal and provide your bond, if you purchased these items from us.

Once you’ve received your bond, you must take your oath of office and file your bond with the appropriate county clerk’s office within 30 days of the commencement date of your commission following the instructions in your commissioning package. Feel free to contact the NNA and we will help you with the rest of the requirements or answer additional questions.

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. — The Editors

Kelle Clarke is a Contributing Editor with the National Notary Association.

Confronted with a tricky notarization? Unsure how to proceed? NNA members have unlimited access to our expertly trained NNA Hotline counselors to help you with all of your notarial questions. Call (888) 876-0827, Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST; Saturday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST


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Amy Aragon

24 Jun 2019

I passed the notary, took the oath of office and filed the bond, now what is the next step for me to complete?

National Notary Association

25 Jun 2019

Hello Amy. To help us answer your question, what state are you applying for your commission in, please?

Angelyn Y Cox

23 Sep 2019

My commission expires 11/30/19. I just took the notary exam and passed. What do I do next?

National Notary Association

24 Sep 2019

Hello. If you are renewing your commission through the NNA, please contact our Customer Care team at 1-800-876-6827 and they can assist you. Otherwise, if you can please tell us what state you are renewing in, we can then point you toward the right information to assist you.

Marlene Strickland

21 Nov 2019

the post office sent my oath, bond and check to the wrong place of business. Now it has been past 30 days since I passed my class for Notary. What do I do now? My paperwork and check came back today

National Notary Association

21 Nov 2019

Hello. To help us answer your questions, can you please tell us what state you are applying for a commission in, and if you applied for your commission through the NNA?

26 Jun 2020

I passed my Certified Signing Agent exam. What do I do next?

National Notary Association

30 Jun 2020

Please see here for more information:

Claudia Nicholson

08 Sep 2020

After taking an online Notary class, how much time do you have to take the exam after?

National Notary Association

08 Sep 2020

Hello. In California, completing the Notary class is good for two years.

01 Dec 2020

Not sure what to do next I did pass my NNAsigning exam I have my commission from the state and I have my stamp. What’s next

National Notary Association

04 Dec 2020

Hello. You can find tips on getting started as a Notary Signing Agent here:

Frank R Martinez

09 May 2021

How long after taking exam in California to receive results

National Notary Association

26 May 2021

Hello. Current processing times are available here: According to the Secretary of State's office, exam results are available no earlier than 15 business days after the exam date.

10 May 2021

Hello! I passed my exam, taken at the end of March 2021 in California. What is my next step? I am waiting to get my bond in mail correct? This is what I believe is the next step, but I just want to clarify. Thank you!

National Notary Association

19 May 2021

Hello. You can find a full list of all steps to become a Notary in California here:

Lesa Parker

31 May 2021

Hello, Please assist. I've received my letter from the county clerks office in Oakland California. I'm now awaiting my stamps. Whats the next step in the process?

National Notary Association

08 Jun 2021

Hello. Once you have obtained your seal and journal, you will need to file your Notary Public Oath and Bond. Please see here for more details:

09 Sep 2021

Hi: I just passed the notary Exam. I just got my results yesterday. I wanted to check that in 09/26/2020, I took the test but I failed. I was also fingerprinted then. Will that fingerprint , is it still valid at this time or do I need to get fingerprinted again?

National Notary Association

10 Sep 2021

Hello. If you took your test through the NNA, please contact our Customer Care team at 1-800-876-6827 or and they can assist you in looking up your records.

sally Issa-Nasef

14 Dec 2021

Hello, I just passed the notary Exam. I just got my results Today. what is the next step? , I have done the scan during the seminar day should i redo the scan or how it will work.? Thank you

National Notary Association

17 Dec 2021

Hello. If you applied for your commission through the NNA, please contact our Customer Care team at 1-800-876-6827 or and they should be able to assist you.


18 Feb 2022


National Notary Association

18 Feb 2022

Hello. If you applied for your commission through the NNA, please email and one of our Customer Care representatives can assist you. Otherwise, you would need to contact the Secretary of State's Notary Public Section at to ask if they can provide information on your commission processing status.


20 Feb 2022

what if you pass your Notary exam mail off your Notary Application before it gets notarized in NC

National Notary Association

28 Feb 2022

Hello. If you applied for your commission through the NNA, please contact our Customer Care team at for assistance. Otherwise, please contact the North Carolina Secretary of State's office at 1-919-807-2219 to request instructions.

Mildred Lynell Stawasz

08 Jun 2022

I just took the Georgia Notary exam what do I do next and when do I get my certificate.

National Notary Association

08 Jun 2022

Hello. More information is available here:

Sonnia Jean Kemmer

01 Aug 2022

California - I took my Notary exam last June 18th and was informed on July 8th that I passed. It's now August. How long does one receive the commission packet from passing the exam?

National Notary Association

10 Aug 2022

Thank you for your question. Application processing times vary at the CA Secretary of State’s office. According to their website, they are currently processing applications with an exam date of May 31, 2022. If you’d like to check again on your own, please visit

Bonita Genao

23 Sep 2022

I took NYC notary exam 7 weeks ago and still have not receive the results. How long does it take to get the results?

National Notary Association

09 Nov 2022

Hello. You would need to contact the New York Department of State at 518-474-4429 to request your status.

Jose Alonzo

29 Sep 2022

I have my authorization to manufacture my seal and I bought the package to manufacture my seal through NNA. What address do I have to mail it to?

National Notary Association

04 Oct 2022

Hello. Please email our Customer Care team at and they will be able to assist you with this matter.

15 Dec 2022

Sent my commission certificate in to NNA How long until I receive my stamp? Also, do I need to give an oath to officially be a Notary in Arizona?

National Notary Association

16 Dec 2022

Hello. Please email our Customer Care team at and one of our representatives will be happy to help you with your questions.


23 Dec 2022

Hello! I passed my exam and received my results via email on December 8. I already did my livescan when I did the seminar and exam. I still have not received my certificate or oath & bond for me to file. How long will it take to receive those?

National Notary Association

10 Jan 2023

Hello. Please email your questions to and our Customer Care team can assist you.

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