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 May 24, 2022. 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.


Our Sacramento office is currently processing Apostille requests received:

  • Through the mail on 07/01/2022
  • Via our Sacramento drop box on 08/08/2022

Our Los Angeles office will be closed to the public effective December 7, 2020. However, staff are on site daily and continue to process documents submitted to the drop box on the 12th floor each day and are returning the documents by mail.

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

Last updated: August 12, 2022