‚ÄčNotary 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.
Note: If you are trying to become a notary and would like to take the Starting Your Notary class, please click here . If you need to renew your notary, please click here for the Renewing Your Notary Class.
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. As a not-for-credit course, Financial Aid cannot be used to pay for or offset the costs of this course.
Cost for Class: $10 (To be paid at time of registration)
Cost for Exam:
$40 for those who have not yet taken the exam. 
$20 for those who are re-taking the exam.
(Fee to be paid the day of the exam. See more information below.)
2015 Exam Date:
Attention - Class Date Change:
October 24
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Exam)
College of the Sequoias - Tulare Campus, Building B, Room 224
4999 East Bardsley Avenue, Tulare, CA. 93274
Registration for the Exam:
  • Online registration is NOT supported on mobile devices such as IPhones IPads, etc. You must use a PC or Mac computer or laptop.
  • If you are paying with cash or a credit card, you cannot register online. Otherwise, please click the following link to register:
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!
Bring to 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 or $20.00, please see "cost for exam" above. (cash and credit cards are NOT accepted by the state proctors)
  • Your retake voucher from the state
  • Two sharpened "number 2" pencils (for the Scan Tron answer sheet)
Call the Community Education office at 559-688-3130 , or visit us at the Training Resource Center located at the COS Tulare Campus - 4999 E. Bardsley Ave., Tulare 93274.
Deadlines for Registration:
October 24 class deadline: October 14, 2015 - 5:00 PM
This is the deadline for registering into the class. However, if we do not have enough enrollments 12 days before the class, we will cancel the class due to low enrollments. In order to register early enough to let us know we have enough enrollments, please register by the deadline.
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.
Cancellation and Refund Policy:
Click here for the Training Resource Center cancellation and refund policy.
*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:
Last Updated: 9/29/2015 2:51 PM