State Information for New York

New York Notary Public Commission Requirements and Information

Appointing Officer
Secretary of State

Notary Commission Qualifications
Applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be a person of good moral character;
• be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien;
• be a resident of New York or be regularly employed in the state;
• have an equivalent of a common school education; and
• not have been convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors.

How to Apply
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the New York Department of State:

Term of Office
4 Year Term

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Exam Required (Exam is a one hour, closed-book, proctored exam.)

Notary Bond Requirement
Not Required

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Not Required

Notary Seal Requirement
Not Required (OPTIONAL, but recommended)

Authorized Duties
• take acknowledgments and proofs;
• administer oaths and affirmations;
• take affidavits and depositions;
• demand acceptance or payment of foreign and inland bills of exchange, promissory notes and obligations in writing, and protest the same for non-payment.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the New York Department of State:

Contact Information for the State of New York

State Notary Website

State of New York Online Notary Search

State of New York Online Notary FAQ’s

Phone Number
(518) 474-4429

Mailing Address
Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
Notary Public Section
P.O. Box 22001
Albany, NY 12201-2001

Apostille Certification Information

$10.00 per document

Phone Number
Albany: (518) 473-1001
New York City: (212) 417-5747

Further Information

This information was complied by the American Society of Notaries • Copyright 2013
Last Updated NOVEMBER 2012

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