How Long Does It Take To Receive CA Notary Commission?

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It is going to take 4-5 weeks (this if you passed the test & had your fingerprints taken in a timely manner).  That means you had your fingerprints take the day of the state exam or very soon after the test. I teach for

It is great news that it's only going to be 4-5 weeks to become a notary in CA compared to the 10-12 weeks it was taking in 2008.


Comments (8)

Cheryl Clayton
Westlake Village home buyers and sellers Thousand Oaks homes - Westlake Village, CA
Conejo Valley and Simi Valley Realtor

That's interesting. My husband just got his Pool Contractor's license and it only took four weeks from the test date! This is compared to 6 months backlog in 2008.

Nov 13, 2009 03:23 PM
Alix Pinzon
Open Mortgage, LLC NMLS # 2975 - Downey, CA

I was thinking about becoming a Notary, but many of the title companies won't let independent Notaries work on their transactions.  What's up with that?  Is that legal?  Why become a Notary if you're not going to be able to work?

Nov 13, 2009 04:36 PM
Laura Vestanen
Bellingham, WA
My book "Notary Marketing 2019" is on

This is helpful information, Joan.  Thanks!

Nov 17, 2009 11:10 PM
Joan Bergstrom
Joan Bergstrom Mobile Notary - Riverside, CA
Mobile Notary, Riverside CA

California always has the toughest notary exam requirements.  I laugh when I teach notary classes for and notaries, who were notaries in other states are just appalled by the requirements that Ca requires.

I think we could say the same requirements are required in CA for a:



Real Estate Agent


California is a pain............................

Dec 07, 2009 04:18 PM
Laura Vestanen
Bellingham, WA
My book "Notary Marketing 2019" is on

Hi, Joan

I just came back from a three-week management/marketing gig in Northern California.

Wow!  So different from when I moved away 6 years ago.  Far more competitive in tons of different industries.

A new staff member at the Calif office needs to become a notary.  I directed her to  of course.

From the day you take and pass the test, how long does it usually take to go through the fingerprint, etc, process and actually get your notary seal, journal, etc in the mail?  In effect: how many weeks from test date to your first date you can notarize something in California?

Just curious. 

Thanks, LauraV

Jan 05, 2010 01:24 AM
Joan Bergstrom
Joan Bergstrom Mobile Notary - Riverside, CA
Mobile Notary, Riverside CA


The time frame for a CA notary to receive their commission is approximately 7-8 weeks.

This means if you pass the test, get your fingerprints taken immediately (we offer fingerprinting at all our classes) and pass the CA background check.

After the notary receives his/her commission in the mail, they must purchase a $15,000 surety bond, purchase a notary seal and get sworn by their county clerk.

Are doing some other career choices?


Jan 05, 2010 12:17 PM
Chris Morgan

This is really very informative. We provide training classes to individuals so that
they can successfully pass the California notary exam. We have contract with
community colleges and adult schools throughout California to train notaries at
their facilities in their local communities. Additionally, the school now offers
a multi media online approach to California notary classes and notary training.
For more information, please visit our website.

Aug 05, 2014 04:10 PM
Sylvia g. has a well put together course and was half the price that I paid the first time I commissioned. I hope that helps!😀

Jan 10, 2016 03:04 PM