Become a Notary in New York

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So you’d like to learn how to become a notary in New York? You’re in luck! We’ve got all the information you need to send you on your way!

You are eligible to become a notary in the state of New York if:

  • You are either a citizen of the United States or resident alien with a green card
  • You are a resident of New York State or at least have a place of business or an office in New York State.
  • You are at least 18 years of age or older by the date noted on your application
  • You are able to read, write and understand English
  • You pass the state exam for first-time applicants

Also, you are ineligible if…

  • You have been convicted of a violation of the Selective Service Act of 1917, and/or the Selective Service Act of 1940
  • You have been convicted of a felony in New York state or any other state or United States territory

To start the process of becoming a notary, the first thing you must do is obtain an application. Unfortunately, online applications are not available at this time, so you have three options for obtaining one. You can fax a request for an application to (518) 473-6648. You can call the Division of Licensing Services at one of the numbers closest to your area listed below:

  • New York City: (212) 417-5747
  • Albany:(518) 474-4429
  • Binghamton: (607) 721-8757
  • Buffalo: (716) 847-7110
  • Syracuse:(315) 428-4258
  • Utica: (315) 793-2533
  • Hauppauge: (631) 952-6579

Finally, you can mail a request for an application to:

The Division of Licensing Services

PO Box 22001

Albany, NY 12201-2001

Take note: If you’d like to use express mail or FedEx in order to expedite the request for an application, you should mail your request instead to:

Alfred E. Smith Building

80 South Swan Street – 10th Floor

Albany, New York 12210

You have your application in hand, let’s talk about the exam. Don’t panic! If you familiarize and study the Notary Public License Law for the state of New York, you’ll do just fine. Everything you need to know to pass the exam is available here.

Once you have studied and feel confident that you are prepared for the test, visit the Notary Exam official schedule site and choose an exam site that is closest to your area. Exam spots are walk-in and on a first-come-first-served basis, so it’s best that you consider arriving a little early. Make sure you bring the $15.00 exam fee in the form of check or money order made out to Department of State (MasterCard or Visa are also accepted), and one form of current, photo ID from the approved list below:

  • driver’s license
  • state issued identification, such as a non-driver ID
  • military ID
  • United States Passport
  • United States INS issued ID
  • Certificate of US citizenship

The exam is “pass or fail.” You must get at least 70% of the multiple choice questions correct to “pass” the exam. If – no, when – you pass, you will be notified by mail. In the mailing, you will receive a notice saying you passed. Following the instructions in the mailing, including completing the application you received earlier, the original (not a copy) notice verifying you passed the exam, a $60.00 non-refundable registration fee, and a notarized Oath of Office Statement, you must then mail all of the above to:

The Division of Licensing Services

PO Box 22001

Albany, NY 12201-2001

After all those steps are taken, the Secretary of State will send your commission and your official signature, along with your oath of office, will take effect. You will be sent a notary public identification card with your name, address, county and commission.

After you receive your identification card, you’ll want to consider supplies. Even though in New York you’re not required to use a Notary Stamp/Official Seal or an official notary journal, you might want to consider them, as they’ll make your job a lot easier – not to mention that careful record keeping is always a good idea. Any of these items can be purchased at a number of different businesses and websites; a simple search for “Notary Supplies” in your favorite search engine or your area New York Yellow Pages will send you in the right direction.

One other thing before you start your commission, although it’s not required in New York State, you may want to consider some training classes or seminars. We strongly recommend this because knowledge is never a bad thing, and the more you know the easier your job will be. Some insurance companies in New York and other private businesses offer seminars and training sessions; there are many online courses available as well. It’s worth the effort to look into classes such as these; if nothing else than to keep yourself current with the local laws and regulations.

You’re officially a Notary if you’ve followed all of the steps outlined above! Congratulations! Make sure to contact us with your success stories. We always love to hear from you!

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