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Welcome to Notary Public 101

Here, you can learn how to become a notary, how to renew your notary commission, and where to find educational opportunities for notaries public.

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Notary Education
Become a Notary in New York
Find a Notary Class in New York
Begin Notary Public 101

In most states, becoming a notary public involves meeting a number of requirements. Generally, you must be 18 years of age, not have a serious criminal history, and successfully complete an application process. In some states, the notary application process will require notary education (ranging from a simple online course to a notary class and competency exam) and a background check, as well as the purchase of a surety bond. A more thorough explanation for your state is described below.


Become a New York notary public with Notary Rotary, Inc.


  • Be a citizen of the United States or resident alien with a green card
  • Be a resident of the State of New York or have an office or place of business in New York state
  • Be at least 18 years of age or older on the application date
  • Be able to read, write and understand English
  • First time applicants must pass the state exam.
  • No person is eligible for the office of notary public who has been convicted of a violation of the selective draft act of the U.S. enacted May 18, 1917, or the acts amendatory or supplemental thereto, or of the federal selective training and service act of 1940 or the acts amendatory thereof or supplemental thereto

No person shall be appointed as a notary public who has been convicted, in this State or any other state or territory, of a felony or certain other disqualifying offenses.

Note: Only first time applicants and those who have allowed their commission to lapse by more than 180 days, excluding those with a military exemption, must take the exam.

Step 1: Study for and complete the New York notary public examination

Study the New York Notary Public License Law in preparation for the examination.

When you are ready to take the official state notary public examination, review the Exam Procedure online for exam information and scheduling. Be sure to read and understand all information on the exam information pages, and contact the office if you have any unanswered questions, before attempting to take the exam. When you pass the exam you will receive a "pass slip" that will need to be included with your application materials.

Step 2: Secure the New York notary public application

Individuals who pass the notary public examination will be mailed a notary public application with their examination results. The New York Notary Public Application is not suitable for downloading.

To acquire a New York notary public application you may also go to the Division of Licensing Services customer service area, you may also mail, call, or fax your request. Please visit the Division of Licensing Services online for more information regarding policies at the Division of Licensing Services building, as well as fax and phone numbers to request an application packet

New York state attorneys and court clerks of the Unified Court System who are exempt from the examination may email for their application. Please be sure to include your full name and mailing address when requesting a notary public application.

Step 3: Complete the application according to the instructions provided

When you receive your application packet from the Division of Licensing Services you should complete it exactly as instructed and make arrangements to take the oath and have your signature notarized.  The Find a Notary feature from Notary Rotary may be helpful in contacting a notary public.

When you have completed the application and taken the oath of office you should send the application, oath of office forms, and a $60.00 nonrefundable application fee to the Division of Licensing Services at the following address:

The Division of Licensing Services
PO Box 22001
Albany, NY 12201-2001

Step 4: Receive your commission information and order your supplies from Notary Rotary, Inc.

Upon being satisfied of the competency and good character of an applicant for appointment as a notary public, the Secretary of State shall issue a commission to that person.  Also, the official signature of the applicant and the oath of office is transmitted to the County Clerk in which the appointee resides, where it is filed. A notary public identification card indicating the appointee's name, address, county and commission term is also transmitted to the appointee.

When you receive your notary public identification card you will have all the information necessary to order your supplies from Notary Rotary, Inc.

Although an official seal is not required for a New York notary public, most use a New York notary stamp or New York embossing seal as a matter of convenience. New York does also not require notaries public to use a journal or book to record notarial acts performed, but we recommend such a journal as another tool to help you in your business. A New York notary journal can provide records of your notarial acts in the event you need to prove something was or was not done.  Please go to New York Notary Supplies in our store for your seal, stamp, journal, and any other supplies you may need.

Enter  the store to view all New York Notary Supplies offered by Notary Rotary. Follow the on-screen instructions through the order process and your order will ship as soon as we are able to process it, usually within 2-3 days. When you receive your supplies you will be prepared to take up the duties and responsibilities of a New York notary public.

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