How Do You Become a Notary Public in NY?


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Notary licensing is handled by the Department of State in New York. Applicants have to go through a specific procedure at the Division of Licensing Services to be commissioned as a notary public.

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  1. Verify that you meet the basic requirements

    A notary public in New York must be a United States citizen or a permanent resident alien and must either be a resident of New York or maintain an office or place of business in the state. If you have been convicted of a felony or of certain types of misdemeanors, you cannot become a notary in New York.

  2. Set aside money to cover all the associated fees

    There are a number of fees that must be paid during the process of becoming a notary public. As of 2014, the initial application costs $60, and the written exam costs $15. There is also an annual $60 fee for renewal. The term of appointment is four years.

  3. Schedule and take the written exam

    The state publishes a booklet on notary public license law that is available from the Division of Licensing Services. This booklet covers all of the material that is included on the exam. Written exam dates and locations are available at the New York Department of State's website. Exams are walk-in and first-come first-served, except in special circumstances. Bring your application, the fee and a government-issued photo ID and be prepared to have your thumbprint taken.

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