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NOTARY PUBLIC FAQ

Q: What will I learn in this class?
A:  This one day course will teach you everything you need to know to become a successful Notary Public. The instructor will explain the steps to become a notary public and the associated costs, including insurance, supplies, and a required background check.
 
Q: What does this class prepare me to do?
A: This course prepares you to become a Notary Public, so you can start your own business or add to your current business working as a Notary Public.
 
Q: What are the prerequisites?
A: All Adult Education students must be 18 years or older or have a high school diploma or equivalent. Individual exceptions may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Notaries Public Must:
  • Bring a valid ID to the class and the exam (current driver’s license, state ID card or passport)
  • Must be 18 years old
  • Be a California resident
  • Read, write, and understand English
Q: What do I bring to class?
  • Valid ID
  • 2x2 color passport-style photo (a photo that meets passport photo requirements.)
  • Two (2) sharpened #2 pencils
  • $40 check or money order payable to the “Secretary of State” for the exam
  • $35 materials fee to be paid in advance (a payment link will be provided to course registrants.)  
Q: When are classes offered?
A: Classes are offered in the fall and spring semesters on Saturdays from 8:30 am - 4:30. Late arrivals are not permitted per State law and there will be no refund. There is a 30 minute lunch break at 12 pm.
Pre-read Materials:
It is a full-day class with lots of information to learn, including a lot of legalese. The state notary exam can be challenging and can include anything covered in the class.  We will send a document that gives a preview of some of the core materials you will learn in the class. Reviewing and learning this material in advance of the class can help make it easier to learn the remaining materials that will be taught, will make the day a lot easier, and will better prepare you for the state notary exam.
For the State Exam:
The state exam is offered immediately following the course, from 5pm-6pm.
 
Q: Where is the class?
A: Napa Valley Adult Education, rooms 8 & 9. 
 
Q: How do I register?
A: You can register in person at 1600 Lincoln Avenue, Napa, online at: adulted.nvusd.org or by calling
(707) 253-3594.
 
Q: How much does it cost?
A: $129 class fee. You will be contacted for payment of $35 materials fee in advance of the course in order to facilitate a quicker registration period at the class.  Costs for added insurance, notary supplies, and background check (Live Scan Fingerprinting) will be explained in class.  No financial assistance or payment plan is available for the Notary classes.  No shows or late arrivals are not grounds for a refund. If the class is cancelled, a full refund will be granted.
 
Q: What are the completion requirements for this course?
A: Successfully complete this course and pass a State notary exam (45 multiple choice questions) and pass a background check.
If you do not pass the exam the first time, you can retake the exam without having to retake the class again. You will have to register with the state exam proctor service and pay a $20 re-take fee.