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Frequently Asked Questions
|Who is eligible to apply to become a New York
State Notary Public?
Each applicant must
be at least 18 years of age,
a legal resident of the US ("Green
Card" holder or citizen)
a resident of New York State
(or maintain a place of business, be employed or have an office in New York State), and
have no prior felony convictions in New York or any
Can a non-resident become a New York State Notary?
Residents of Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Connecticut (including
to practice in New York State) may become a NY Notary if they are
regularly employed in NY State or maintain a business in the state.
Non-residents do not have to
be a Notary in their resident state prior
to applying to become a New York State Notary.
The written examination must
be passed by all non-resident applications except for
who are Attorneys admitted to practice in New York State. Attorneys
simply apply and pay
the fee to become a Notary in New York.
How long are Notaries commissioned for in New York State?
New York Notaries are
commissioned for a period of four
there an examination to become a New York State Notary?
passing a written examination is required before an applicant can
become a New York Notary. The Notary examination is given at authorized
Notary test centers throughout NY State. A listing of
these test centers, dates and times of the exam can be found on
the New York Department of State website.
What is the passing score for the written New York State Notary
must correctly answer at least seventy (70%) of the questions to
pass the New York Notary examination. However, the State reports all exam
results as either passed or failed; a numerical score will not be
provided to Notary applicants
will not be given over the telephone.
not call Licensing Services for
What type of Notary Public examination is given in
written Notary examination is in the multiple choice format and,
will be allowed one hour (1) to complete the forty (40)
select answers by filling in circles (•) on a machine-readable
score sheet provided at the examination site.
Note: Failure to
apply for a Notary commission within two (2) years of the date of
the examination will invalidate the results.
How does a person
apply to become a Notary Public In New York State?
A Notary Test
Home Study Guide
is available from NotaryTrainer
The New York Notary exam is given on a first come
first served walk-in basis.
The Notary Exam fee is $15.00, payable by
MasterCard or Visa credit cards only, Personal Check, Cashier's Check or
Money Order made payable to the
Department of State. Cash will not be accepted for the
exams cannot be pre-scheduled. This is a "first come, first
serve" exam. Arrive early to the Notary test center as seating is limited.
**Bring Government issued photo identification and be ready to provide a
before taking the exam.
Approximately 2 weeks after taking the
Notary Exam, a "PASS" or "FAIL" notice will be mailed to
applicant at the address indicated on the 3 part NCR form.
Upon passing the Notary examination, send the completed and
Notarized New York Notary application along with a Credit Card payment of
Visa or MasterCard, a personal check, Cashier's Check or Money Order for
$60.00 made payable to the New York State
Department of State with the Notarized Notary Application form AND the original PASS slip
from the Notary Exam.
You must find a Notary to Notarize your
New York Notary application when applying to become a New York
Your will take the Oath of Office in front of the Notary and then
sign the application after taking the Oath of Office.
NOT SIGN the application until you are in front of the New York Notary