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Hotline Tip: I Passed My Notary Exam, What Next?

I took and passed my Notary exam in August. When can I expect to receive my stamp and other official paraphernalia? - J.G., Palo Alto, CA

Congratulations on passing your Notary exam. Your next step in becoming an active Notary is to receive your commission from the Secretary of State. To check the status of your commission, or for updates and other information, visit the California Secretary of State’s website. You may also call the Secretary’s office at 1-916-653-3595. Hit option 3, then option 1, and then “O” to speak to a live person. Once you receive your “certificate of authorization to manufacture a Notary seal,” you can send it to the NNA. We will manufacture your Notary seal and provide your bond, if you purchased these items from us.

Once you’ve received your bond, you must take your oath of office and file your bond with the appropriate county clerk’s office within 30 days of the commencement date of your commission following the instructions in your commissioning package. Feel free to contact the NNA and we will help you with the rest of the requirements or answer additional questions.

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. — The Editors

Confronted with a tricky notarization? Unsure how to proceed? NNA members have unlimited access to our expertly trained NNA Hotline counselors to help you with all of your notarial questions. Call (888) 876-0827, Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST; Saturday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST

Additional Resources:
Have Questions? Contact the NNA Hotline
Become A Notary
or Renew Your Notary Commission
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Quiz: The Many Types Of Notarial Acts

Notaries perform many different duties for the public — and it’s easy to lose track of the different acts and what states they’re authorized in. Test your familiarity with common — and uncommon — notarial acts.

(A link to the correct answers is provided at the end of the quiz.)

Confronted with a tricky notarization? Unsure how to proceed? NNA members have unlimited access to our expertly trained Hotline counselors to help you with all of your notarial questions.

(888) 876-0827

Monday through Friday:
5 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST

Saturdays: 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST

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