New York State

Notary Public Application Process


In order to obtain your Notary Public Commission in New York State, the following qualifications must be met:


1.       You must be a U.S. Citizen or possess a permanent resident alien card

2.       You must be of good moral character

3.       You must have a common school education (6th grade) or equivalent 

4.       You must be familiar with your duties and responsibilities in acquiring commission (as outlined in the New York State License Law Book) by way of successful completion of the state exam (70% or higher)

5.       You must be a resident of the State of New York or work for a business/office in the State of New York


Appointees waived from exam:


1.     Licensed Attorneys – need only submit an application and fee

2.     An appointed Court Clerk of the Unified Court System who passed the Civil Service Promotional Exam


Applying for your commission


·       You must take the New York State Notary Public Exam

·       If you find the New York State Licensing Law difficult, you may first take a Notary Public Prep Course   

·       Upon successful completion of your exam, you will submit a notarized “Application and Oath of Office” to the New York State Department of State along with a $60 fee. (These applications are give out at class or the testing site)

·       You will receive your license in 30 days

·       Order your stamp: Notary Public Central - Notary Supplies


Renewing your Commission


Your commission is good for four (4) years.

Ninety (90) days prior to your commission expiration, you will receive a pre-printed renewal application from the County Clerk’s Office 

Follow all instructions of the form



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