Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:

How does our "Pass The Exam" guarantee work?

No hassles .... no problems... you will pass the notary exam and we guarantee it! If you attend our 6-hour notary seminar and do not pass the exam, retake the seminar and exam up to two additional times with us at no charge. If, after these attempts within 150 days of taking the initial seminar and same-day notary exam you do not pass the exam, we will refund the amount paid for your seminar as well as any notary supplies purchased from us during that time.

Our classes are fun, packed with information you need even after you pass the notary exam, easy to understand even if English is not your first language and our instructors personally care about helping you to pass the notary exam. Let us prove it to you. There is always live support available 9-5 M-F except for holidays so we are here when you need help.

How much do classes cost and what do I receive? How do I get a $100 discount on my notary supplies?

Breakdown of Costs to become a Notary with

To Pay Now
Seminar Fee $69.95 (Refundable with our Pass the Exam Guarantee) Both the 6-hr and 3-hr notary seminars, cost $69.95.

The pass guarantee does not include refunds for other fees.
State processing fee for the notary application and state exam (non-refundable)
(Required and is paid to the Secretary of State on the day of the class by a separate check or money order)

2"x2" photo taken on the day of the seminar which is submitted with your notary application on that same day.

Discounted notary supplies (not required) only for our students

Special priced notary supply package Notary supply packages valued at $183 will be available for pre-purchase upon checkout or in class for the discounted price of $79.95. This package is available only for those individuals taking our notary seminars and is not available to the public on line. (Refundable with our Pass the Exam Guarantee)

The package includes the following:

  • An Official Notary Journal ($24 value)
  • The "inkless" thumbprint pad ($6 value)
  • Your Notary Public Seal ($24 value)
  • A package of 50 Acknowledgments ($12 value)
  • A package of 50 Jurats ($12 value)
  • Your Notary ID Badge ($25 value)
  • Two Notary Oath Cards (wallet size) ($10 value)
  • Free listing on our exclusive advertising platform -The Notary List ($55 value)
  • And the Essential Notary Forms CD. ($15 value)

    FBI & DOJ Background Criminal Investigation $80.
    All notary applicants will be required to submit fingerprints via live-scan which are specific to the notary's application. The notary application will be completed during the day but it is important to know that the Secretary of State will not accept a live scan done for any other type of application regardless of what it was for or when it was completed. All notary applicants must also complete a new live scan for each new four-year term.
    Because the Secretary of State will not process your notary public application until the background results have been received from the DOJ and the FBI, for your convenience, a separate live-scan company is contracted to complete this service during your class. They accept checks, credit cards or cash for this service on the day of the class. That cost is $80 which covers the DOJ and FBI processing fees.

    Checks for live scans should be payable on the day of the class to FPI (not FBI) for all classes held in any Southern California location and to AAA Livescan for all Central California locations. Credit Cards and cash are also accepted on the day of the class.

  • Can I take the notary class online?

    Yes...our fully functional Online State of California State Approved Notary Class is available FREE to anyone registering to take the notary examination at our seminar location.
    However, if you prefer to not take the live seminar, you can purchase the course online and when you are ready, just call us to let us know what date and location you want to take the exam. The State of California prohibits taking the Notary Examination online.
    Our online course includes:
  • The PDF or printable study guide
  • 19 Videos separated by topic
  • Take up to 1 year to complete the course
  • We do not track your progress. All you need to do when you are ready is to sign an affidavit that you took all the time required by the Secretary of State.
  • We do not require you to take an online exam
  • There are no grading evaluations for this course
  • Go though the videos in any order you like
  • Includes around 100 optional sample exam questions

  • Can I take the Notary Exam online?

    No...The Secretary of State requires that the notary exam is taken in-person. If you are taking our online notary course, you can take your notary exam at any of our seminar locations with pre-registration. We cannot accommodate walk-in examinees as the Secretary of State limits the number of students based on the exam location. If you want to take the online notary course and schedule a notary exam at a later time, you can do that. The online course includes registration for the notary examination at any of our sites for any date as long as you pre-register and there is class availability. There is an additional fee of $40 to the Secretary of State to take the notary examination regardless of location.

    Can I register by showing up to the class rather than online?

    We do allow walk-in registrations but the price to register at the seminar site is $115. Most of our classes fill up and we cannot guarantee a seat without pre-registration.

    $50 discount on the Certified Loan Signing class?

    Loan signers are notaries who specialize in notarizing loan documents. Most mobile notaries become loan signers because of the lucrative potential within that part of the notary business. Loan signers are called upon to travel to homes or offices and obtain the signatures for lending documents.

    Becoming Certified is essential if a notary wishes to be successful in marketing his or her services as a loan signer. Our Loan Signing Class includes the Certification exam and Certificate. The Loan Signing Exam is given on-line at your convenience in your own home or office. Our class fee includes two separate attempts at passing the Certification exam.
    Our Live Notary Seminar Attendees qualify for a $50 discount for registering for that class if registration is done on or before the day of the notary class. Please ask your instructor for details on the day of the class.

    How can I prepare in advance of the seminar?

    Begin advance preparation by going through the free study manual made available for you to download immediately upon registration at no additional charge. If you prefer a condensed study guide, we also make the "30 Minute Study Guide" available to you upon registration.

    All 3-hour or 6-hour seminar registrants also receive immediate and free access to the full online course which includes videos, many preparation questions and sample exams.

    You also receive access to play our online notary educational quizzes and games.

    For access to all of this and more, once you register for a seminar, log into the Student Services link at the top of any page with the user name and password you created. Start your exam preparation right now!

    How do I become a Notary Public?

    In order to become a notary public, you must be 18 years old; be a California resident unless you are appointed to a military base, complete a live-scan and pass a criminal background check; take a state approved educational course (6-hour course for new notaries or recommissioning notaries whose commission has or will expire before the notary application is submitted; pass the California state notary exam with a score of at least 70% and file an oath and bond with the county clerk once the commission is approved.

    How do I start my own notary business?

    The best way to begin your notary business is to contact as many potential clients as possible! We offer many suggestions on how to do this in our Loan Signing Course, but in a nutshell, let people and companies who need Notary Services that you are available. Then, begin networking with every notary you can find. Once business comes your way, be sure to help others who are new to the industry.

    How soon will I know if I pass the State Notary Exam?

    The State Exam is administered by the Cooperative Personnel Services (CPS) and within 15-20 business days of taking your exam, the you will receive a Pass or Fail letter. Remember, you only need 70% in order to pass. You may also go on-line at to view your results. You will still need to wait 15-20 business days to view your results. CPS will not respond to your inquiry by telephone.

    What should I bring with me on the day of the class?

    You will need to bring an approved valid ID such as a Drivers license (any state), or a passport from any country that has been stamped by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services or equivalent, or a state issued identification.

    You also need a check or money order for $40 made payable to the Secretary of State in order to take your exam.

    The State Exam is given around 4:15pm on the same day of the seminar. You should bring two (2) #2 pencils for the exam. We will have pens, paper and all the study materials you will need.
    You will also need a 2x2 passport style photo. If you are taking the notary exam with us, we will be able to take a photo for you. The cost for the passport photo will be $10.

    Once I take your class, how long will it be before I can start offering Notary Services?

    It will take approximately 15-20 business days to find out your exam score. From this time, it should take a few more weeks while your background check is completed. In total, from the day of the seminar, it should take 10-12 weeks to receive your notary commission.

    Will the Notary Class also prepare me to be a Certified Loan Signer?

    This seminar prepares you for the State Notary Exam and there are no questions on the state exam directly concerned specifically with loan signing. If you are interested in becoming a Loan Signer, you may want to attend our How to Become a Wildly Successful Signing Agent Loan Signing Certification Course (9am-5pm) also available at This course was prepared for both those who have no previous knowledge in loan signings or the seasoned notary professional. You will be introduced to many of the common documents notarized during a loan signing, learn protocol and be introduced to strategies for marketing yourself effectively. You will learn how to collect from slow paying companies and avoid non-paying companies. You will even find out how to negotiate fees of $50 - $150 per loan signing. During the loan signing class, we will introduce a typical set of loan documents (65 pages), discuss all relevant documents and places for signatures and notary requirements. Finally, you will have a chance to complete the loan document signing before you leave. Certification exams will be given online.

    Do I need to register with the Secretary of State or fill out an application before attending the seminar?

    No. All seminar attendees will complete their application to become a notary during the seminar. You will be automatically registered to take the state exam on that same day. There is no need to contact the Secretary of State or CPS prior to your seminar. All of this is completed automatically with your registration. However, if you need to download the current California notary application now, here you go:

    notary application.

    How can I get started as a Notary once I have received my commission?

    Most full-time notaries begin their own business as a mobile notary although many notaries also work as employees in legal and business industries. In addition to specializing as a loan signer, you might consider offering your mobile notary services to other public facilities such as convalescent homes, hospitals, incarceration centers just to name a few. There are a lot of opportunities for notaries, but you will need to market yourself effectively and diligently. Treat it as a business opportunity and your chances of success are high.

    What if I would prefer to take the notary exam somewhere other than at your notary seminar?

    The Cooperative Personnel Services (CPS) also holds notary exams but they do not hold notary seminars. Please note that while you may take the notary course online, you must take the notary exam in-person at an approved examination site. All of our notary seminar locations will include the state exam immediately after the seminar but if you prefer to take the exam later, or have taken an online course at home or are retaking the exam and do not want to take the notary seminar, you can take the exam directly with the CPS proctors at one of many testing facilities and dates throughout the state of California.

    You can find dates and locations here and register to take the exam directly with the CPS.


    You will need to take with you to the examination a signed Proof of Completion that you received from the course instructor at the seminar location or from the staff if you completed the online notary course. You also will need to bring a check or money order with you in the amount of $40 made payable to the Secretary of State unless you are only retaking your exam and have already paid the $40. In that case, you only need to pay a $20 retesting fee. You will also need to bring to the testing site a passport photo, your completed and signed notary application, a valid passport photo (2"x2") and a pencil.

    The CPS do not make passport photos available, and live-scans will not be available at the test-only locations. They also will not assist you with completing your

    notary application.

    We also have services to take your passport photos and live-scans are available at our locations during your exam.

    If you are taking a Home Study Course or an Online Video Course with us, we encourage you to take the exam at one of our locations if possible as we will be able to provide all of the necessary the lunch break. You may take the live scans at our locations on the day of the exam or any time thereafter up to one year after passing the notary exam.

    Can I pay for your class with a check or cash on the same day of the seminar?

    We do allow this; however, your seat is not guaranteed until you pay for registration. We strongly suggest you pre-pay for the class. Our program is very popular and classes do often fill up to capacity and although we try to accommodate walk-in payments, we do sometimes have to turn students away because the class is too full.

    Is there really a need for Notaries Public?

    Every loan signing, home sales, refinance, Power of Attorney, Homestead Declaration, Grant Deed, Quitclaim Deed, etc. requires the signature and stamp of a Notary Public. Can you imagine how many documents are completed every day requiring the assistance of a traveling notary public? That’s right…a lot. Yes, there really is a need for Notary Publics, especially those who want to treat it as their own business and start their own Mobile Notary Public Services. Step 1, pass the test…we can help you every step of the way after that. Find out about marketing yourself as a notary, become a Certified Loan Signer if you want to and learn how to become a successful notary. Our loan signing class will help you with anything you want to do as a notary, especially if you become certified. Check out our Loan Signing Program from the link on our home page.

    What's your Reschedule/Cancellation Policy?

    All sales are final unless otherwise stated. There are no seminar cancellations and no returns permitted. You may reschedule a seminar without penalty up to 7 days prior to your current scheduled seminar date. Rescheduling within 7 days of the seminar date will result in a $30 rescheduling fee. No shows will not be refunded for any reason and will be subject to a full seminar fee for rescheduling.

    How do I re-take a class if I do not pass the first time?

    If you would like to re-take a notary class and exam, you will need to register by phone at 909-915-1201 during regular business hours at least 1-day prior to the date of the class you wish to take. We will ask you to fax, mail or email the copy of your fail letter and will register you for a class in the location and on the date you select. Seats are subject to availability.

    You are strongly encouraged to take all of the sample exams we make available to you. These sample exams are free for our students and their value cannot be overstated!

    Remember that the Secretary of State will require you to pay a $20 fee for re-taking the exam but will not charge you anything for the class. Please be prepared for alternative class selections in case your first selection is unavailable.