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 August 22, 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:

  • In person at our Los Angeles office on 10/29/2020
  • Via our Sacramento drop box on 10/26/2020
  • Through the mail on 10/08/2020

The Los Angeles office will be open to the public between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., with limited staff and services processing Apostilles and Domestic Partnership filings. Los Angeles will continue to handle traffic with our “Now Serving” sign by helping four customers at a time while other customers wait on the second floor until their number is called. Again, you are encouraged to submit documents to the Sacramento office via mail.

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

Last updated: October 29, 2020