Introduction | Course Outline | What is a Notary | Concepts | Definitions
Sample Forms | Subsections | Notary Facts | Test Prep | Review
Remember the following for the New York State Test:
The 5 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
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:
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.
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
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:
EVERY WEDNESDAY (except holidays) at 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 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
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.
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.
NEW YORK CITY
123 William Street, 19th Floor
ROCHESTER (Finger Lakes DDSO)
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."
EVERY TUESDAY (except Holidays) at 11:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
65 Court Street
Main Floor Hearing Room, Part 5
(American Postal Workers
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. (see dates below)
(State Office Bldg.)
44 Hawley Street, 15th Floor
(State Office Bldg.)
207 Genesee Street 1st Floor, Room 107
(Orange Ulster BOCES Adult Educational Center)
Federal Building, 471 Broadway, 2nd Floor
NYS Thruway Exit 17, take ramp toward Stewart Airport. Turn LEFT onto NY-17K, continue approximately 2 miles. Test center is on RIGHT
*This test center has very limited seating and has been exceeding capacity on a regular basis. Applicants may want to consider the Albany or NYC test centers. In addition, applicants are advised that they may not wait in the facility prior to the examination.
TUESDAY at 1:30 p.m. (see date below)
County Community College)
Lake Shore Drive, Route 9 South
(State Office Bldg.)
317 Washington Street, 11th Floor
Click here to view current schedule.
A. Suggestion: take the exam at least 2 weeks following this online course (SAVE ALL BOOKS & MATERIALS for reference)
B. Test is administered under the supervision of the Division of Licensing Services.
1. The tests change periodically & usually focus on specific parts of the law, general terms (definitions) and general knowledge.
2. 40 questions m/c (scantron) of which 28 must be correct (allowed 12 wrong) for a PASSING GRADE (70%).
Test results take 7-10 days to receive (PASS/FAIL) by mail from the Secretary of State
You need to bring ID & 2 #2 pencils
The fee for the exam is $15.00 (check, $ order Visa/MC); No cash
Payable to: “Department of State”
Arrive @ least 15 minutes early
You will be thumb printed
You are allowed 1 hour for the exam
You may leave when you are finished taking the exam
No pre-registration is required. It is a Walk-In exam
Your may take both exams on the same day if you wish (ie: 9:30am and 11:00am). This is not required, however if you feel that you didn't pass the first test, you may stick around for the second seating (if offered by your center). You would have to pay another $15 fee.
If you receive a FAILING GRADE, you have two options. 1. You can set an appointment to review your test with a proctor within 30 days or 2.Retake the exam anytime after you receive the results. There is no limit set on the amount of times a test can be taken and/or retaken regardless of the # of failed attempts.
If at any point you wish to RESIGN as a notary, you must do so in writing to the Secretary of State. The effective date can be no more than 30 days from the date of receipt by the Secretary of State. If you do not specify a date of resignation the resignation will take 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 material to study from or to guide you through your new Public Office. In addition, you can obtain pertinent information concerning any new “Legal Updates” that have been implemented.
Application and Oath of Office
You will receive a perforated hard paper 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 keep 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 and Exam results to the Secretary of State. IMPORTANT: Please make a copy of all documents for your records.
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 Stamps & Supplies" for your stamp selection.