State Notary Exam

CPS Proctored California State Notary Exam

CPS State Exam Testing Sites

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As one of the requirements to receive or renew a notary public commission, each applicant must satisfactorily pass a proctored closed book written examination prescribed by the California Secretary of State.

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First Step to becoming a Notary Public after completing a Course of Study
is to register with CPS for the State Exam.

Check the CPS Exam Schedule in your area.

What to take to the State Exam:

  • Photo Identification
  • Driver License, Passport, etc.
    • Current or Issued within five years
  • Notary Public Application
  • Proof of Completion Certificate
  • 2"x2" color passport photo
  • Two #2 pencils
  • Separate $40 check or money order made payable to the Secretary of State
  • If you need to retake the State Exam a check or money order made payable to the Secretary of State in the amount of $20
    • and any paperwork from the Secretary of State and CPS.//

Secretary of State says you may take the State Exam once a calendar month, until you pass.

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