How much will it Cost?

How much will it cost to become a notary?


Total Required Costs for Seminar, Passport Photo, Exam, Notary Journal & State Notary Seal, =  $163.95

6-hour Notary Seminar Registration Fee
2”x2” Passport style photo head-shot only for application
(available at the seminar site or bring your own)
Application fee and state exam fee
(paid to the Secretary of State on the day of the class)
Notary Journal
Notary Seal

Additional costs range from $175 to $250 depending on additional supply options, bond selection and county costs of filing your commission. We will discuss filing procedures and supply options during the seminar.
Additional costs

FBI & DOJ Background Criminal Investigation
(Option for fingerprinting is available at the seminar site)
Notary Bond available at the seminar site
Gold Notary Package Notary Supplies & Services available at the seminar site
County filing fee

The seminar fee is $69.95. Please note that the Secretary of State will charge $40 to take the notary exam. Please bring a check or money order with you to the seminar made payable to "Secretary of State"

Two different Notary supply packages are also available to purchase prior to attending the seminar or during the seminar!

The supplies will be waiting for you at your class if you pre-order! The image below will direct you to a discription of each package and you will be given an opportunity to purchase either one at checkout.  

$10 Passport style photo

Taken at the seminar site (or bring your own 2”x2” passport style photo).

Live scan fingerprinting

All applicants whether recomissioning or seeking first-time commissions must complete a background check before a commission will be granted by the Secretary of State. The background check requires live scan fingerprinting which must include submission to both the Department of Justice as well as the FBI.

Whether or not an applicant has ever had live scans previously for any reason, new live scans must now be submitted in accordance with California Notary Law. This can be done anytime after the class at your own convenience by making an appointment with an approved fingerprinting company; however, we have scheduled an independent fingerprinting company to be available at our seminar locations. If you would like to complete your fingerprints on the day of the seminar, you could save a great deal of time in processing your commission. The fingerprinting company will charge a total of $80 which includes the rolling fees, required fees for processing your fingerprinting application and submission fees charged by the DOJ and FBI. $80

Summary of expected costs:

$69.95 Seminar (Payable to NWLS)

$40  Exam ****(Payable to Secretary of State)****

Additional optional costs: These costs are not required seminar costs but are available at your option.

$10 Passport photos (Payable to NWLS)

$80 Live-Scan Services ****(Payable to Homeland Fingerprinting for Southern California Classes)****(Please call for name of payee for classes in Central and Northern California)

All amounts made payable to NWLS can be included in a single check or credit card payment

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....................................Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a Certified Loan Signer?
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.

How does our "Pass The Exam" guarantee work?

You will pass the exam the first time and we guarantee it! If you do not pass, you may return to another seminar absolutely free.That's hassles, no other requirements. (Limit 2 retakes at no charge) While other notary seminar companies claim to offer students a similar guarantee, most will require proof of pre-studies and will charge the student a "site" fee for re-taking the exam at the end of the class. We believe in proving that our instructors are the best and our program is superb. You trusted us to help you pass the exam and we will not let you down. You will pass, guaranteed! We really mean it!


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. There are a lot of companies that use notary services. Use the list of 45 companies that you are given during our Notary class as a start. If you take the Loan Signing class, we provide you with 100 additional company contacts. 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.

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 Notary Certification Course (9am-5pm). 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 on line.

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.

What if your class is held at a location or on a date that is inconvenient for me?
We have developed the Home Study Course for just this situation. It is the next best thing to taking the seminar. You will be using the very same Study Guide and Sample Test used during the seminar. You are guided at each step and the Sample Test includes answers that detail not only why a particular answer is right, but also why the other answers are wrong. An electronic copy (PDF) is available on our home page or a hard copy can be mailed to you for an extra shipping and handling fee.

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