How to Become a Notary Public in New York


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Importance of New York Notary Training

As a notary public in the State of New York, you have unlimited financial liability on every document you notarize. You do not want to take the office of Notary Public lightly. The New York Online Notary Course is the fastest, easiest and most affordable way for you to learn what you need to know to pass the New York Notary Exam and how to protect yourself as a notary. Whether you are a new or current notary public, you should spend some time learning the laws. 

How to Become a Notary Public in New York
Step by Step Instructions

How to Become a Notary Public in New York

  1. Make sure you fulfill the requirements to be a NY Notary Public (scroll down for State Requirements).
  2. We recommend you first take our New York Notary Online Course ($49.95) to get you prepared for the NY State Notary Public Exam. Alternatively, you can study New York's Notary Public License Law.
  3. Pass the one-hour NY State Notary Exam. The exam is Pass/Fail. Bring $15 and your ID. See the Notary Public Walk-In Examination Schedule and Exam Information.
    • Exam topics include, but are not limited to: license law, general terms and duties of a NY notary public, 
  4. Wait to receive your exam results by mail. 
  5. Once you've passed the exam, submit a completed notary public application with a $60 application fee. Check or money order should be made out to the New York Department of State. 
    • An oath of office must be signed in front of a commissioned NY Notary Public and submitted with your application, as well as your exam results.
  6. Within three to four weeks, you should receive your NY notary ID card.


Commission Term: 4 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Resident or Employee
Stamp/Seal: Not Required
Journal: Recommended
Application Fee: $60
Eligibility: No felony convictions
Other: Pass the NY Notary exam

New York State DEPARTMENT OF STATE Division of Licensing Services
P.O. Box 22065
Albany, NY 12201-2065

Phone: (518) 474-4429

New York Notary Public Requirements

  1. Submit a complete application and the $60 application fee.
  2. Pass the New York notary public state exam. New York attorneys and court clerks of the UCS do not have to take the exam.
  3. Be a resident of the state of New York and work either in or out of (having a business or office in) New York.