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Notary Exam Questions

How Tough is the New York Notary Exam?

New York has the toughest exam to become a notary with a minimum passing score of 70%.

The disconnect is that New York state does not require any training before becoming a Notary Public.

This  leaves the individual applying for the commission on their own for preparing for the New York Notary Public Exam.

The one (1) hour NY Notary Public  examination is heavily proctored exam. The New York Notary Public exam locations permit no notes, no books, and no other reference materials, or wireless mobile devices to be used with the Notary Public Examination.

The state with one of the toughest application requirements is California

California not only requires a Notary Public Exam, it also requires mandatory Notary training up to six (6) hours, a background check and a minimum exam score of 70% in order to obtain a notary commission. The exam bases questions on the Notary Public Handbook which is available online and there are other resources available to prepare for the exam.

California
New applicants must complete a state-approved, six-hour training course. Courses range in cost from $50 to $100. Notary public California classes are available live or online, and applicants must pass an exam. To renew a commission, a notary must complete a three-hour refresher course.<br>

Colorado
New applicants must complete a state-approved training course and exam. There are no minimum training hours. If a notary allows their commission to lapse for longer than 30 days, they must complete the training and exam again.<br>

Connecticut
Only an exam is required, and is included in the application.<br>

Washington, D.C.
Training is required only after the application is approved. At that point you are required to participate in an orientation and pass an exam. You only need to retake the exam if your commission expired a year ago or more.<br>

Florida
New applicants are required to take a three-hour training course. Existing notaries may be required to retake the course after an indeterminate amount of time has lapsed since their commission expired.<br>

Hawaii
Applicants are only required to pass an exam.<br>

Louisiana
Applicants must take an orientation class and pass an exam. Louisiana-licensed attorneys are exempt from this requirement.<br>

Maine
An open-book exam is required, and is included with the application. Renewing applicants must complete the exam even if their commission has not yet lapsed.<br>

Missouri
Applicants are required to take an education course, and read the Missouri Notary Public handbook in full. This is a requirement for both new and returning applicants.<br>

Montana
An education course is required for new applicants, renewing applicants whose commission has lapsed for 30 days or more, and occasionally current notaries as determined by the Secretary of State.<br>

Nevada
A state-approved, four-hour education course is required for new applicants. The course is available online or in person. Renewing applicants whose commission has lapsed for longer than a year, and any notary who has been fined for non-compliance are also required to take the course.<br>

New York
Applicants are only required to take an exam. Attorneys licensed in the state of New York are exempt.<br>

North Carolina
Ranking #1 on the list for strictest requirements, North Carolina requires a minimum of six hours of classroom learning. The course is not yet available online. New and returning applicants are required to pass an exam. Members of the North Carolina State Bar are exempt from these requirements.<br>

Oregon
A three-hour state-approved course must be taken by new applicants and renewing applicants whose commission has expired. Courses are available online. An open-book exam is required, which is included in the application and may be taken online.<br>

Pennsylvania
A three-hour education course is required for new and renewing applicants, and must be taken no more than six months before submitting an application. Courses are available online.<br>

Utah
Exam only.

The states which do not appear on this list do not require exams or specific education, though a few of them do offer free training through the state. Others may require training for some notaries, at the Secretary of State's discretion. As you can see, California's requirements are some of the strictest in the nation. If you can make it here, you can literally make it anywhere.