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State Information for New York

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New York Notary Requirements and Information

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New York Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary 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 to Become a New York Notary
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the New York Department of State: http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/notary/notary.html

Term of Office
4 Year Term

Appointing Officer
Secretary of State

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

New York Notary Seal Requirement
Not Required (OPTIONAL, but recommended)

Notary Bond Requirement
Not Required

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Not Required

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: http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/notary/notary.html

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

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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 July 2019.

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