This section is for notary seminars and exams only
Questions You May Have
All first time California notary
applicants must take a state approved
6-hr notary seminar or a self-study course, but if you are currently a California Notary Public seeking to recommission, you may
choose to take either the 6-hour course or a 3-hour refresher course instead.
In order to qualify for the 3-hour refresher course, you need to take the course and pass the notary exam before your commission expires.
If you qualify and want to take the 3-hour notary course, select any date and location here
and you will be able to change the course to the 3-hour course on the next screen that follows. The 3-hour course is given on the same day and in the same location as the 6-hour course but the 3-hour course begins at 1:00 pm. instead of 9:00am. If you are taking the 3-hour course, please arrive by 12:15 pm for
registration processing. If you register for a 3-hour course but change your mind and want to attend the full 6-hour course instead, you may do that at no extra fee.
All of our live notary seminar locations are pre-approved by the Secretary of State and the exam proctors will arrive at around 4:15 PM immediately following the seminar. You will have 50 minutes to complete 30 questions, multiple choice and will need to score a minimum of 70% to pass. The best news is that our 6-hour
seminar even includes the "Pass the Exam Guarantee" !
Register here for your notary seminar course and same-day notary exam. This seminar course includes registration for the notary exam so you do not need to contact the Secretary of State. The fee includes the cost of all study materials at the seminar, the administrative costs of processing your required Proof of Completion that you will need to submit to the Secretary of State with your exam. Everything you need to submit your notary application to the Secretary of State can done on the day of the seminar at any of our scheduled locations including live-scan services, photograph services and of course, taking the state-proctored notary exam.
It is important to note first that the California notary examination cannot be taken on-line or at home but must be taken at an state-approved exam location. If you choose to take an on-line course or a course at home, you will still need to go in-person to a state-approved notary exam location to take the notary exam.
If you would prefer to study for your exam on your own time and then register for the exam only (without attending a seminar), we have state-approved self-study programs that will satisfy the California Secretary of State educational requirements. First, we offer a state approved 6-hour or 3-hour notary Video course for $29.95 you can take online at home or your office. Watch the video in any order you want and complete whatever exercises you choose. Request your Proof of Completion (no extra charge) and you are ready to take the notary exam without having to attend the live seminar.
You can also choose to use our printable Notary Home-Study $29.95.Purchase either the 3-hour course or the 6-hour course and then read through the coursebook at your convenience. When you are ready, request your Proof of Completion for that course (no extra charge) and then use that Proof of Completion to take your notary exam.
The Secretary of State has strict guidelines for taking the notary exam but you may take your exam with us even if you did not take our live seminar. Our seating is always limited so exam seating is prioritzed for our seminar registrants. Those attending the seminar will have an opportunity to do everything in one day including the live-scan option, obtain a passport style photograph on site, complete the notary application and so on.
In order to secure a seat for the exam at one of our seminar locations you will need to confirm that there is availablity by calling us at 800-873-9865 and paying the full registration fee of $79.95 less anythiing you if you are using our self-study courses. Our courses cost $29.95 so the registration fee would only be $50. If you prefer to not pay a seating registration fee, the CPS offers notary exams at locations statewide. You will need to pre-schedule your notary exam with them at least 20 days before the exam date. Live scan and photograph services are not available at CPS locations but are available at NotaryClasses.com seminar locations up until 10:30am.
The cost for our live notary course seminar is $79.95 and includes the cost of all study materials at the seminar and the administrative costs for your Proof of Completion that you will need to submit with the notary application. You can have everything you need for application submission at our seminar site if you take the exam with us. The Secretary of State does charge separately to process the notary application and the notary exam so you will need to pay the Secretary of State $40 by check or money order on
the day of your seminar. The
Secretary of State will not accept cash or credit card.
convenience, we can take a passport photo at the seminar location for $10. You
need to submit (1) passport photo along with your application to the Secretary
of State when you take the exam and may
choose to purchase that passport photo in advance right now when you select the notary seminar you
wish to attend.
We also have live-scan services available at all of our seminar locations.. The cost of the live-scan
is $80 and is payable on the day of the seminar. If you are taking the 3-hour
refresher course at home or your office, you may have your live-scan completed
by coming to the location before 12:00 PM. After your live-scan is complete, if you
have registered for the exam on that day, feel free to join us for the rest of
the seminar at no extra charge.
Our discounted price for our in-class students is only
$79.95. (over $180 value)
In order to take advantage or our special discounted price, you may choose to
purchase notary supplies now or during the seminar. We do not offer this discounted package on-line in any manner. This package is available only for our seminar registrants and can be picked up in class. It may be purchased now upon registration or in the class on the day of the seminar. This notary package includes:
An Official Notary Journal
The required thumbprint pad
Your Notary Public Seal
Pad of 50 Acknowledgments
Pad of 50 Jurats
Your Notary ID Badge
2-Notary Oath Cards (wallet size)
1-year free listing on our exclusive advertising platform -The Notary List
And the Essential Notary Forms CD
The moment you select your
notary class and complete registration, you will be prompted to download our free
Pre-Seminar study guide to your computer. You also have free access to both the 3-hour and the 6-hour notary video courses as well as various notary educational games you can play. We also have a 30-minute study guide available to download as well as the entire Secretary of State's latest version of the Notary Public Handbook.
Of course we have free sample notary exams! How about 5 of them? All free! If you want to maximize your experience and notary knowledge before class and even after you pass your exam, you are always welcome to come back home to NotaryClasses.com!
If you want to specialize as a Notary Loan Signer, take this FULL DAY class which will focus on the expectations of a Notary Loan Signer. If you are already experienced as a notary and want to obtain certification as a Loan Signer, you can take the certification exam on-line (open book) anytime after you take this course.
1-day notary class & state exam!
Directions for each class location will be automatically emailed to you with your registration confirmation.