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February 15, 2019

Notaries who fail the California Notary exam

Failing the California Notary Exam
Did you fail your California Notary Exam? I passed it many years ago. I studied about 30 hours to make sure I passed the first time. I was nervous and so afraid that I would forget something. We were instructed to bring a see through plastic bag and put particular objects in that bag such as a pencil and a few other things.

The California notary exam is a a lot harder now than in 1997 and 2001 when I took it. The questions are harder, and the multiple choice questions are close variations of each other making it hard to spot the correct answer unless you know your stuff intimately. So study hard. You need to study from the California Notary Handbook but also there are updates on the newsletter from the California Notary Division.

The state carefully hides their questions so you won’t know what is coming unless you know someone who wants to share answers with you. You need to know your notary acts, fees, procedures and application process inside out or you will fail. I believe they allow seven wrong out of thirty, but the questions are so hard that is still not easy.

There are a lot of notaries failing the test and there are fewer Notaries in the state of California as a result. On a more pleasant note, the quality of Notaries in California is far superior to all other states. I know because I test people by phone on notary procedure since I run a notary directory.

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  1. I think they need an oral exam too to see if you can do your Oaths properly (or at all.)

    Comment by admin — March 28, 2019 @ 2:36 am

  2. I have been a Notary for a long time and even though I can take the 3 hour class instead of the 6 hour class. I always take the 6 hour class. This time while out home I also went through the entire online course on my own time. When I took the class I felt good. Everyone needs to know the. Codes and fines because they are on the test as well. Another thing that is important is having a great instructor that is thorough and will answer all your questions

    Comment by Faneice — March 28, 2019 @ 5:29 pm

  3. I strongly encourage notaries to find another “notary buddy” or mentor to share experiences or get advice on handling difficult or strange notary situations that aren’t necessarily found in any state handbook. Here in VA a lot of us do that.

    Comment by Dan — December 17, 2021 @ 2:22 am

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