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In Review

Remember the following for the New York State Test:


The 6 concepts:


1. No Interest (conflict of interest)

2. Never act as an attorney

3. Prior Knowledge

4. Never Draft Legal Documents

5. Never Interpret a document

6. Personal Appearance is always required at the time of Notarization.


Exam questions are drawn from  the New York State License Law booklet.  You could be asked several questions regarding the same subsection, therefore make sure you review these subsections thoroughly.  Also, make sure you know the definitions.  Shorter definitions are usually asked verbatim so use the underlined keywords as reference points.  The only other types of questions they could ask you are "common sense type".  This is where the 5 concepts come in real handy.


Many questions are asked in the negative format, therefore, please read each question carefully before you answer it.  For example, a question may ask, "A Notary Public need not be a US Citizen".  That is incorrect.  You must be a US Citizen or at least have a Resident Alien Card to be appointed a Notary in New York State.


By process of elimination you may eliminate any answer choices that were not covered in this material (ie: Attorney General).  We did not cover the Attorney General in any portion of the New York State Information.  Furthermore, the Attorney General has absolutely nothing to do with the office of Notary Public.  It is the Secretary of State who officially appoints and commissions notaries.


Pay close attention to timeframes and dates that are covered in any subsection and/or definition in which they are mentioned.  For example, in Banking Law there are timeframes dealing with the opening of safe deposit boxes and property auctions...


Make sure you know the entire  fee schedule.  The notaries fee is $2.00 per person and/or per signature.  In addition, if a Notary were to perform a protest they would collect $0.75 per protest + $.0.10 each additional not to exceed 5.   All other fees pertain to monies paid out to other sources. 


Make sure you know your Felony convictions (ie: Class D=7 years and Class E=4 years) and Misdemeanor Charges (Class A=1 Year).  They always ask about them on the test.  Make sure you are clear about what determines each sentence and the difference between a Misdemeanor and a Felony.


Exam Dates and Locations:  Click Here for Current Exam Schedule

Test sites and times are subject to change and exams may be canceled due to weather conditions or other emergencies. If hazardous weather conditions exist in your area, you may call 518-474-4429 to see if an exam has been canceled. Please do not call the test centers listed below.

If you need assistance or exam information, you may contact a Division of Licensing Services office in your area or call the Albany phone center at 518-474-4429. TDD users may contact the New York State relay operator at 1-800-662-1220. Persons with disabilities who require accessibility information may call 518-473-2731.

No one will be admitted to an examination after the specified starting time.

The New York State Exam is offered every at the following locations:

Exam Schedule

EVERY WEDNESDAY at 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

68 Lincoln Road, Basement (N6 Bus Route on Hempstead Turnpike)
From the East, take the Southern State Parkway to Exit 16N, Franklin Ave.
From NYC/West, take the Cross Island Parkway SOUTH to the Southern State Parkway EAST. Take exit 15, Franklin Ave., turn left at the 2nd light onto Franklin Ave.
On Franklin Ave., turn RIGHT onto Hempstead Turnpike and go 5 blocks. Turn LEFT onto Lincoln Rd. (7-Eleven on corner). The VFW Hall and parking lot are on the RIGHT.

HAUPPAUGE (Perry Duryea State Office Building)
250 Veterans Memorial Highway
Basement Conference Room
Note: Building sits back off highway. Look for the green sign near the road.

123 William Street, 2nd Floor

EVERY TUESDAY at 9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
80 South Swan Street
Albany, New York 12239
*Located at the corner of Washington Avenue and South Swan Street

BUFFALO (State Office Building)
65 Court Street
Main Floor Hearing Room, Part 5

620 Westfall Road
Take NYS Thruway to Exit 46, take 390 North to exit 16, turn RIGHT on East Henrietta Road, turn right at 2nd traffic light onto Westfall Road, Finger Lakes DDSO is on LEFT. Park in lot on right.
Do Not enter through main lobby. Look for Sign, "New York State Testing."

SYRACUSE (American Postal Workers Union)
407 E. Taft Road, North Syracuse
(park in the rear of building, enter through back door)

TUESDAYS at 11:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. for current dates please visit: and click the link: New York State Notary Public Exam Schedule located on the left hand side mid way down the page

BINGHAMTON (State Office Bldg.)
44 Hawley Street, 15th Floor

UTICA (State Office Bldg.)
207 Genesee Street 1st Floor, Room 107

NEWBURGH* (Ramada Hotel  & Conference Center)

1289 Route 300

Click here to view current schedule.






A.               Suggestion: take the exam at least two weeks following this class (SAVE BOOKS & MATERIALS)

B.               Test is administered under the supervision of the Division of Licensing Services.

1.   The tests change periodically and usually focus on specific parts of the law, general terms (definitions) and general knowledge.

2.   40 questions multiple choice (scantron) of which 28 correct (12 wrong) for a PASS or 70%.

  1. Test results take 7-10 days to receive (PASS/FAIL) from Secretary of State.
  2. Bring ID and two #2 pencils The fee for the exam is $15.00 (check, money order Visa/MC); No cash
    1. Payable to: “Department of State.”
  3. Arrive at least 15 minutes early.
  4. You will be thumb printed.
  5. You are allowed one hour for the exam.
  6. You may leave when you are finished taking the exam
  7. (BUFFALO STUDENTS ONLY DO NOT BRING PENCILS and You will be given an “Orange” Pass by the Guard.  Please do not discard as you will need it to exit the building when you complete your exam )

You may take both exams on the same day.

If you fail the test, you can make an appointment to review the test within 30 days or you may decide to retake the exam. You must bring the NYS License Law with you during the review session. There is no limit on the number of times a test can be taken. 

If you want to RESIGN, you must do so in writing to the Secretary of State.  Effective date can be no more than 30 days from date of receipt by Secretary of State.  If no date, resignation takes effect upon delivery of notice to Secretary of State.  You may not correct any mistakes in previous notarized documents after resignation.

I strongly encourage you to visit www.NotaryPublicCentral.Com and click “Notary References” for additional important study materials or guidance through your new Public Office.  In addition, you can obtain pertinent information concerning recently implemented “Legal Updates.”


NYS Department of State Contact Information:

Department of State

One Commerce Plaza

99 Washington Avenue – 6th Floor Customer Service Counter

Albany, NY 12231-0001

Phone: (518) 474-4429

Fax: (518) 474-4597




Application and Oath of Office


You will receive an form entitled “Notary Public Application” at the designated testing site.  This document is known as your Application and Oath of Office.  Please make sure you retain a copy of this document.  This will serve as your Application that is submitted to the Secretary of State after you’ve received your passing exam results by mail. 


Once in receipt of your passing exam results, you must submit your Application along with a check for $60 made payable to the Department of State.  Retain the very top portion for your records.  This Application must be notarized; in addition, an Oath should be administered by the Notary to you (this is part of your swearing in process).   Therefore, do not sign this Application until you are in the presence of a Notary.  Once you’ve taken an Oath before the Notary you may submit your original Application to the Secretary of State.  IMPORTANT: Please make a copy of all documents for your records.  Extra applications and directions for completing can be found on our website under the Notary References Link.


Approximately 30 days after the Department of State receives your Application and exam results, they will issue you a Notary Public Identification Card bearing a Commission Number.   At this point you can have a stamp and/or seal made.  You may visit www.NotaryPublicCentral.Com click "Notary Supplies" for your stamp selection.  You will have your products in three days.