State Information for New York

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New York Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be a resident of New York or have an office of place of business in the state;
• not have been convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors; and
• pass the New York State notary exam. New York attorneys and court clerks of the Unified Court System are exempt from the examination.

How to Apply to Become a New York Notary
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the New York Office of the Secretary State:

Appointing Officer
Secretary of State.

Term of Office
4 year term.

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Exam required, applicants for a new (initial) Notary commission. Renewing Notaries must take the exam if commission has lapsed (expired) for more than six months. Attorneys licensed to practice law in New York are exempt from taking the exam.

Notary Bond Requirement
Not required.

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Recordbook required for ALL notaries (traditional and electronic), Effective January 25, 2023. Recordbooks must be retained in the notaries possession for 10 years.

Notary Seal Requirement
Not required.

Authorized Duties
• Oaths/affirmations;
• acknowledgments and proofs;
• take depositions and affidavits;
• note protests.

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

Contact Information for the State of New York

State of New York Notary Website

State of New York Notary FAQs

State of New York Online Notary Search

Phone Number
(518) 474-4429

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

Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(518) 474-4429

Further Information

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Information on this page is provided with the understanding that the user is solely responsible for his/her knowledge of notarial law, procedures and practices. The information contained on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. All information is subject to change without notice and therefore is provided “as is,” free of warranty of any kind. Last updated January 2023.

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