Before you can be issued a notary public commission you must satisfactorily complete an approved SIX-hour notary course of study. Which means you must be in attendance for a full SIX-hours. (Government Code section 8201.) Please note that all persons being appointed, no matter how many notary public commission terms that person has held in the past, are required to take the six-hour course of study.
You must attend a 6-hour notary class if you are a brand new notary applicant. If you are renewing your notary commission, you must have taken at least (1) six hour notary course to be eligible to take only the (3) hour notary course of study requirement.