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Steps

Steps To Become A Notary Public

Before You Start: Be sure that you meet all the requirements of a notary public.

1

Education – Complete Approved Education

All persons seeking appointment as a Notary Public must satisfactorily complete a six-hour course from an approved California State Vendor. Our course fits these requirements.

2

Register for the Exam

Applicants must register for an in-person state exam. Exams are held weekly around the state; you are welcome to take one in your area or drive to any upcoming test location.

3

Take the Exam

Applicants must take the 45 questions state exam and pass with a score of 70% or greater. Check out our study guide to help pass your exam. (You will need to pay a $40 application fee and submit a 2″x2″ color passport photo)

4

Background Check via Live Scan

Complete a live scan background check and submit your completed California Notary Public Application Form. Complete your “Request for LiveScan Service“, for a list of LiveScan locations in your area please visit the DOJ website. https://oag.ca.gov/fingerprints/locations

5

Await Commission Packet

The notary public commission packet will be mailed to you once the application has been approved and after the applicant has passed the background check.

6

Purchase Your Notary Supplies

Upon receiving your commission packet you can start to purchase your notary supplies.

7

File Notary Public Oath and Bond

A California Notary Public must file an oath of office and a $15,000 Surety Bond at their county clerk’s office within 30 calendar days from the commencement date of the commission. This 30 day period cannot be extended.