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)
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.
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