How to Become a New York Notary

This step-by-step guide walks you through the process of becoming a notary in New York.

To become a notary in New York, you must meet the Department of State's qualification requirements and fill out an online application. Here's a simple step-by-step guide to help you start your career as a notary public.

1) Meet New York's Qualification Requirements to be a Notary Public

Notary applicants in New York must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a New York resident or have an office or place of business in New York.

2) Pass the New York State Notary Public Examination

If you are not a New York attorney or court clerk of the Unified Court System, you must pass a notary exam. The exam is multiple choice and covers license law, general terms and information related to the duties and functions of a notary public.

You have one hour to finish the exam, and if you pass, you'll be notified by mail. Remember to bring a photo ID to the exam site. To pay the $15 exam fee, bring a check/money order made payable to the Department of State or pay with a Mastercard or Visa.

3) Complete the Notary Public Oath of Office

All notary applications must include a scanned copy (in .pdf format) of a signed and notarized oath of office form. Use the exact same name for this document that you will use as a notary.

Find the oath of office form (DOS-2201) on the New York Business Express notary page under the Form(s) section.

4) Apply for Your Commission Online

Notary applications are completed online using a ID Business Account. New users can create an account here.

When you're ready to apply, follow these steps:

  • Access the New York Business Express Notary Commission page.
  • Under How to Apply, select a traditional or electronic notary application.
  • Sign in using your ID and complete the application. You will need to pay a $60 commission fee.
  • The average notary application processing time is three to five days. After you apply, you can log in again to check the application status.

5) Complete the Notary Commission Process

When the Department of State approves your application, it will send you an identification card that indicates your name, address, county and commission term.

If you purchased our notary supplies package, email us a copy of your card at so we can create your stamp that meets or exceeds state requirements.

As of January 2023, all notaries in New York are required to keep a journal of all notarial acts. That's why our supply package includes one.