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How to Renew a California Notary Public Commission

What are the total costs to renew a notary commission in California?

$49.95-$99 Required Training
$40 State Exam ($20 if failed previous exam)
$80* Live Scan
$25-$109* Required Supplies (Journal, stamp, fingerprint kit)
$50 $15,000/4yr bond
$20-$40 Oath of office
$255-418 Total costs for 4 year commission.

*Fees vary.

These are some of the costs you will have during the commissioning process.

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Renewing California Notary Public Commission Process

Mandatory Education

Attend the mandatory 3-hour* (or 6 hour) training seminar. *3 hour course is only valid if you TAKE and PASS your notary exam prior to your expiration date

State Exam

Take the state-administered test (same day of LIVE seminar). The Secretary of State and GSN recommend you take your notary exam 4-6 months prior to your commission expiration date.
  • Bring a $40 check payable to: Secretary of State
  • Bring a 2"x2" Color "Passport" Photograph
  • Bring a valid photo ID
  • Bring a notary application
  • The test is:
    • 30 questions (5 questions do not count against your score, they are there for research purposes only)
    • Multiple choice
    • 50 minutes to complete
    • 70% or higher is a passing grade
    • WE GUARANTEE YOU WILL PASS!
  • Taking Online or DVD Course:

Test Scores

Receive letter in the mail saying ’You have passed’
  • After the seminar, you can go online to: https://cmas.cps.ca.gov/CMAS/login.aspx to view your test score. To obtain your password, call CPS at (916) 263-3520. Test results should be posted 8-10 business days after the exam.

Live Scan

Submit live scan fingerprints to the Department of Justice and FBI for your thorough background check.
  • Cannot be a convicted felon
  • Live scan application is included with your mailed test results.
  • Download Live Scan Form

Processing Period

Wait for your commission paperwork to arrive (8-12 weeks from exam date). The commission paperwork for the new commission will be mailed out no sooner than 1 month prior to commission expiration.

Notary Supplies

Order your official California notary stamp/embosser and California notary bond

Notary Bond

File your 4-year/$15,000 bond and oath of office with the county clerk

You're Finished!

Congratulations! You have successfully renewed your notary public commission!