The time it takes to process a document varies depending on the type of request submitted and how the request is submitted.

Notary Public Applications

We are currently processing applications received with an exam date of October 8, 2020. Please note: Exam results are available no earlier than 15 business days after the exam date. Once exam results are available, CPS HR Consulting will then forward applications to our office for processing.

For applicants seeking reappointment, a commission will be issued 30 days prior to expiration of your current commission if you have complied with all requirements to become a notary public. The issuance of a notary public commission may be delayed pending completion of a background check by the California Department of Justice.


We are currently processing Apostille requests received on 12/31/2020.

Our Los Angeles office will be closed effective December 7, 2020. Although we have provided a drop box in the main lobby of the Ronald Reagan building, for the fastest service all documents normally submitted to the Los Angeles office should be mailed directly to the Sacramento office:

Secretary of State  
Notary Public Section  
1500 11th Street, 2nd Floor  
Sacramento, CA 95814 

For questions about all other processes, contact the Notary Public Section.

Last updated: January 15, 2021