Prior to taking the exam, it is recommended that the applicant review the Notary Public Handbook.
Allow plenty of travel time and bring the following items to the exam:
Exam results will be available 15 business days after the examination. Cooperative Personnel Services (CPS) will mail the exam results to applicants. A score of at least 70 is required to pass the exam. Exam results will not be discussed over the telephone.
Successful applicants (those receiving a score of at least 70) will have their applications transmitted to the Secretary of State for processing.
Each applicant not receiving a score of at least 70 will be sent their original application and re-take voucher with the fail notice. The examination may be re-taken, but may not be taken more than once in the same calendar month.
Checks returned by the financial institution upon which they were drawn are subject to a return fee and may be grounds for notary public application processing delay or notary public commission cancellation. (Government Code section 8204.1.)