To become a notary public in the State of New York, an individual must sit for and pass the New York notary public examination which is regularly scheduled throughout the State. Applications are not provided online but individuals who pass the exam will be mailed an application with their exam results. The application includes an oath of office, which must be sworn and notarized. In addition to the application form and $60 filing fee, the applicant must submit a “pass slip” showing they have passed the notary public exam. Individuals who are currently members of the New York State Bar or a court clerk of the Unified Court System, appointed to that position after taking a Civil Service promotional examination are not required to take the exam but must still pay the $60 filing fee. Licensed notaries are responsible for knowing and understanding New York’s Notary Public Laws.
Four (4) Year Term
Notaries are commissioned for a four (4) year term in the county in which they reside. After receiving and approving a notary applicant, the Secretary of State forwards the commission, oath of office, and signature of the notary to the appropriate county clerk. The Clerk maintains a record of the commission and signature.
Notary Public Errors & Omissions Coverage
While not required, notary publics in New York are strongly encouraged to obtain errors and omissions coverage. Notary E & O protects professionals from liability resulting from negligence, unintentional omissions, and errors. Even an honest and meticulous notary can wind up defending themself in a lawsuit. In our increasingly litigious society you could have to pay thousands of dollars to clear your name, even from frivolous lawsuits. NationwideNotaryBond
provides a $10,000 4-year New York Notary E & O policy for only $110.00 (less than $0.08 per day).
For more information, please contact:
New York Secretary of State
Department of State
Division of Licensing
84 Holland Avenue Albany, NY 12208-3490
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
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