Step-by-Step Guide

Becoming a Notary Public can be a little confusing. There are so many steps to take! Here at Notary Public Seminars, we understand what you are going through and would love to help out. If you have already taken the Notary Public exam, you are halfway there. We have created a step-by-step guide so you know what to do next to make this process as easy as possible for you. Follow the steps below.

1) Start by taking one of our State-Approved online self-study programs or live courses. If you would like to register for a live course you must do so through the colleges. When you have chosen the date and college you would like to attend, click on the link to direct you to the college’s website.

2) Once you have completed the education training, you will need to take the State Exam.

3) You will receive written notification from Cooperative Personnel Services 15 business days from the time you took the Notary exam whether you passed or not.

  • If you added your email to the State application, your results will be sent via email. Be sure to check your spam/junk folder. If an email address was omitted, results will be sent through mail. Contact CPS at (916) 263-3520 option 5 or click here. If you did not pass the Notary exam, do not feel discouraged! Please give us a call or email.

4) After you get your test results, you will need to have your Live Scan fingerprints taken. Please print this Live Scan form and take it with you to your chosen Live Scan vendor.

  • Results can take up to 12 weeks, but they are usually processed much faster. You are not required to mail anything into the Secretary of State’s office. Fingerprints are transmitted electronically.

5) If you haven’t done so already, purchase the supplies and tools you will need to properly execute notarizations.

6) Check out our I Received My Commission! Now What? page for detailed information on obtaining your state required Bond and Seal.

7) File your oath of office and notary bond at your local County Clerk’s Office. Visit our Bond and Oath Filing Instructions page for more information.

8) Start notarizing!

Consider building your business by taking our ‘How to Become a Loan Signing Agent’ course or our ‘Become an Escrow Transaction Coordinator’ course.

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