California: Become a Notary: A California Notary Public is commissioned by the Secretary of State for a 4-year term. An application fee is required

California Requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must be a legal resident of California.
  • You must complete a notary class approved by the Secretary of State.
  • You must complete and pass a written test prescribed by the Secretary of State.
  • You must provide a fingerprints and pass a background check by FBI and California Department of Justice.
  • You must purchase and file an official bond.
  • After commissioning, you must obtain a notary embosser seal, stamp or electronic seal, and maintain a notary journal.

Requirements to become a Notary Public in California are subject to change. Visit the California State Notary Public page for details and updates on becoming a notary in California. Additional requirements may apply.