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Notary step

Steps To Become A Notary Public

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


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.


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.


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)


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


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.


Purchase Your Notary Supplies

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


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.