Whether you're becoming a new California Notary or renewing your commission, you must complete the newly developed Notary commission process. Follow these four easy steps to help you along the way to receiving your California Notary commission:
- Take the required 6-hour California Notary Course
As of July 1, 2005, all Notaries applying for a new or renewal commission must complete a 6-hour Notary Course as a prerequisite to taking the Notary exam.
- Take the California Notary Exam
To be commissioned as a Notary Public, you must pass this exam with a 70% or higher. The day of the exam you must bring your state required $40 exam fee and your Notary application. To register for an exam, please visit: http://www.sos.ca.gov/notary/checklist/registration/
- Submit Your Live Scan Fingerprints
Once you have received your letter in the mail stating that you have passed your California Notary exam, you must submit your live scan fingerprints to your county and undergo a background check. Fees for fingerprinting vary from county to county. To find a center near you visit: https://oag.ca.gov/fingerprints/locations
- Purchase Your Notary Supplies and Bond
As a Notary in California, you are required to keep a Notary Journal and carry a $15,000 bond. You'll also need your Notary stamp and fingerprinting kit for real estate signings. You can purchase your complete supply and bond package (including all of these items), from NotaryofAmerica or just buy what you need:
No matter where you are in the process, be sure to bookmark this page and come back and visit us for your next step.