Notary - Courses

Notary - Licensing Process

To become a licensed California Notary Public, you must do the following:

  • Be 18 years of age or older (there is no maximum age set by statute)
  • Be a legal California resident
  • Complete a 6-hour course of study approved by the Secretary of State (SOS)
  • Satisfactorily complete and pass a written examination prescribed by the SOS
  • Get fingerprinted and clear a background check (see for more info on background check process)
  • Obtain 1 2”x2” Passport photo to submit with Notary License application

To practice as a licensed Notary Public in California, you must obtain the following:

  • $15,000 bond from a surety/insurance company authorized to transact business in the state
  • Notary Ink Stamp from a state-approved vendor
  • Notary Journal
  • Errors & Omissions Insurance (optional)
  • Embosser Stamp (optional)

For questions regarding the licensing, application, please contact the Secretary of State directly:(916) 653-3595 or




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I took the online courses & struggled a bit. It was hard for me to sit and focus with the distraction of my home. I wasn't feeling too good about taking the exam, however, I took the crash course in San Diego & my exam was scheduled for the following Monday. All it took was that Saturday and Sunday prep course for me to go from a low confidence level to 100%. It REALLY helped me! I passed the exam on Monday. So I work definitely recommend anyone to take the courses through Mike Russ. :)

Steph V.