Notary Public

Notaries Public are "commissioned" (i.e., licensed) by the Secretary of State. An applicant for a notary public commission must submit to the Division of Licensing Services an original application and $60 fee. The application includes an oath of office, which must be sworn and notarized. In addition to the application form and fee, the applicant must have taken and passed the notary public examination. Examinations are regularly scheduled throughout the state. NYS Attorneys and court clerks of the Unified Court System are exempt from the examination. Notarial functions include:

  • administering oaths and affirmations;
  • taking affidavits and depositions;
  • receiving and certifying acknowledgments or proof of such written instruments as deeds, mortgages and powers of attorney; and;
  • demanding acceptance or payment of foreign and inland bills of exchange, promissory notes and obligations in writing, and protesting the same for non-payment

Many banks, law offices and other institutions which deal in financial or real property transactions employ individuals who are commissioned as Notaries Public.

It is the responsibility of licensees to understand the Notary Public Law.

Registration Requirements

Fees and terms of registration

Forms: (pdf)

Special Testing Arrangements Request

Examination Information and Schedule:

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Frequently Asked Questions


LICENSE LAW —  pdf It is the responsibility of licensees to understand the Notary Public License Law.