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