Candidate Information/Fees
NEW SINCE 2008:  Notary Public applicants (new and reappointments) shall submit fingerprints to the
Dept. of Justice for the purpose of a background check and submit a 2x2 COLOR PASSPORT PHOTO
along with the application.  

Frequency of Testing: Candidates can test ONLY one time per calendar month. If the exam is taken
more than once in a month, the second score will be invalid and any fees paid will be forfeited.  

Reappointments: Candidates applying for reappointment cannot test more than six months in advance of
the commission expiration. If the exam is taken more than six months in advance of the commission
expiration, fees will be forfeited per the Secretary of State.  

Result Notification: Results from your Notary Public Examination will be mailed from Sacramento 15
business days following the exam. Result information will not be discussed over the phone. A score of 70

Candidates passing the exam will be required to have their fingerprints taken at a live scan site. A live
scan form with instructions will be included with your pass letter.  

Candidates not passing the exam will be mailed the original application and fail notice.  

When retaking the exam, please submit:
  • fail notification letter
  • original application form (dated with current date)
  • a check, cashiers check, or money order for $20.00 made payable to the Secretary of State.

Rescoring Test Results: Requests for rescoring test results must be submitted in writing and
accompanied with a $20.00 money order only, payable to CPS. No checks or cash will be accepted.
Rescoring requests must be received by CPS within 45 days after the test date at the following address:
241 Lathrop Way, Sacramento, CA 95815, ATTN: Notary Public Exam Services. Request processing will
be handled on a daily basis.  

Commission: A new commission will be mailed from the Secretary of State's Office Notary Public
Section 30 days before the date of the Commission expiration.  

Emergency Test Center Closing: Inclement weather or other emergencies may force the closure of a
test center on the assigned test date. In that event, the examination will be rescheduled. You will receive
notification of the new date and time of the test.  

Fees: Each candidate must have a separate check or money order. Receipts are available upon request at
the test site.

Fees are to be paid by check or money order only made payable to the SECRETARY OF STATE,
according to the following fee schedule:
New applicants and reappointments: $40.00
Applicants who have previously taken the exam and failed: $20.00
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