WHAT IS A CERTIFICATE OF DISPOSITION AND WHY IS IT NEEDED FOR A NEW YORK NOTARY PUBLIC APPLICATION?
A Certificate of Disposition is an official court document which indicates the current status of a criminal case or its final disposition. New York Notary applications may need to obtain this form before they can apply for a Notary Public commission.
WHERE DO I OBTAIN MY CERTIFICATE OF DISPOSITION FOR MY NEW YORK STATE NOTARY APPLICATION?
If a NY Notary application has ever been arrested or convicted of an offense, they must obtain a Certificate of Disposition for every arrest on file, from the Court Clerk in the county where they were arrested. They should ensure that they have the following:
The Docket number (if known)
Date of the arrest
Photo identification (Government Issued)
$10.00 money order or cash (Please provide exact change only!)
The Certificate of Disposition for the Notary application will contain the following:
What offense(s) you were charged with
What offense(s) you were convicted of if any.
What date you were convicted and
The criminal sentence imposed.
If the Notary applicant has been arrested more than once; they must obtain a separate Certificate of Disposition for each incident.
WHERE DO I OBTAIN MY CERTIFICATE OF DISPOSITION FOR A SEALED CRIMINAL CASE?
If requesting a disposition for a defendant who has a “sealed case”; you must attach a notarized letter from the defendant the County Clerk granting permission to release the disposition.
FROM WHERE DO I OBTAIN MY CERTIFICATE OF DISPOSITION FOR MY NOTARY APPLICATION?
New York City County Clerk Office are open from Monday to Friday, during the hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Contact the office prior to making the trip to ascertain the correct times to obtain this certificate.
New York County Clerk Office Locations are listed below.
Criminal Court Supreme Court, Criminal Division
215 E. 161st St, 1st Floor 265 E. 161st St., 2nd Floor
Bronx, NY 10451 Bronx NY 10451
Kings County (Brooklyn)
120 Schermerhorn St, Room 510
Brooklyn, NY 11210
Kings County Supreme Court, Criminal Division
320 Jay St.
Brooklyn, NY 11210
New York County (Manhattan)
Criminal Court, Room 150
Supreme Court, Criminal Div., Room 1000
100 Centre Street
New York, NY 10013
Criminal Court, Room G-78
Supreme Court, Criminal Div., Room 710
125-01 Queens Boulevard
Kew Gardens, New York 11415
Richmond County (Staten Island)
67 Targee Street, 1st FL
Staten Island, NY 10304
Richmond Supreme Court, Criminal Division
18 Richmond Terrace, Room 110
Staten Island, NY 10301
Other Counties in New York State; please contact your County Clerk office.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
Should you have been issued a summons by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), obtain a Disposition Letter.
In New York City this is obtained at the NYC Transit Adjudication Bureau, located at
29 Gallatin Place, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201,
Phone (347) 643-5805.
A $10.00 fee, presentation of Government Identification and a Social Security Card will be required. If you do not have a Social Security Card or Social Security Number, you must provide a notarized statement under oath or affirmation that you have not been issued one in the past.