Notary Exam Only
Have you successfully completed the six-hour (for new notaries) or the three-hour (renewing notaries whose current notary public commission has not expired) state-required course of study within the past 24 months but haven't taken or passed the state proctored exam?
If you have, you may register to take the state proctored exam without taking/repeating the course of study.
This is a not-for-credit course. As such, you will not earn units and the class will not be reflected on your banner schedule or on transcripts.
Exam Dates for the 2013 Year:
October 12, 2013
College of the Sequoias BICS Training Center, Room 2 -- 4136 N. Mooney Blvd. Tulare, CA, 93274. Click here for driving directions to our training facility.
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (Exam)
Cost: $10, to be paid upon registration
Exam Cost: $40 (to be paid the day of the exam). The exam fee must be paid by check or money order, the state proctor cannot accept cash or credit/debit cards.
Registration for the Exam:
Click here to register for this exam.
Click here for step-by-step instructions on the registration process.
Please arrive on time. Admittance will be denied if you are late!
What to Bring to the Exam:
A valid California driver's license or ID card, or valid driver's license from another state, or a valid passport
A check or money order made out to the "Secretary of State" in the amount of $40.00 (cash and credit cards are NOT accepted by the state proctors).
- Certificate of Completion for either a six-hour or three-hour approved course taken within the past 24 months (You must provide proof you have taken a state-approved course in order for the proctor to administer the exam).
It is strongly recommended that you also bring the following:
- Two sharpened #2 pencils (for the ScanTron answer sheet)
- A 2" x 2" passport photo (this photo will be attached to your exam application); and
2" x 2" color passport photos and Livescan fingerprinting will be offered the day of the exam. The costs are: $10/photo and $80/Livescan
Call the Community Education office at (559) 687-3201 OR (559) 737-4884, or visit us at the BICS Training Center located at 4136 N. Mooney Blvd, Tulare, CA, 93274
Deadlines for Registration:
For March 2, 2013 exam: Thursday, February 21, 2013
For October 12, 2013 exam - Thursday, October 3, 2013
In order to obtain the proctor for the Exam, there must be a minimum of 15 paid and confirmed registrants. If the exam is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will receive a full refund. No refunds will be given for student cancellations.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
*All persons seeking appointment as a notary public must satisfactorily complete a Secretary of State-approved six-hour course of study prior to appointment (Government Code section 8201). Please note that all persons being appointed, no matter how many notary public commission terms that person held in the past are required to take the six-hour course of study.
Current California notaries public with a valid notary public commission and who have completed an approved six-hour course of study at least once must satisfactorily complete an approved three-hour refresher course prior to reappointment. Important: An approved three-hour refresher course is only acceptable if the notary public applies for reappointment before expiration of the current notary public commission. If the notary public commission expires before course completion and completed application is received, the person must take another approved six-hour course before being reappointed as a notary public.
Upon satisfactory completion of an approved notary public course of study, a student will receive a Proof of Completion certificate. A Proof of Completion certificate evidencing completion of a six-hour educational course is valid for a period of two years from the date of issuance. If a person seeking appointment does not pass the notary public examination before expiration of the Proof of Completion certificate, that person will have to satisfactorily complete another six-hour course.
A Proof of Completion certificate evidencing completion of a three-hour refresher course is also valid for two years from the date of issuance. However, a person seeking reappointment must apply and take the notary public examination before expiration of their Proof of Completion certificate and before expiration of their notary public commission. **
** as outlined on the Secretary of State website: http://www.sos.ca.gov/business/notary/checklist-complete-approved-education.htm