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.