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Become or Renew New York Notary - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long is the appointment term?
A: All New York Notary commissions are issued for a four-year term of office.
Q: What is the educational training required?
A: If you are applying for a New York Notary commission for the first time, you must pass a written and proctored exam. This multiple-choice exam is based on the Notary Public License Law (NPLL), which is available at http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/notary/notary.html.
First time applicants who are either current members of the New York State Bar Association or court clerks of the Unified Court System who were appointed to their positions after taking the relevant Civil Service exam are exempt from the exam but must complete all other requirements.
Renewing Notaries and former New York Notaries whose commissions expired within six months prior to renewing are also exempt from taking the exam.
Q: Can applicants with a criminal record be considered for a Notary commission?
A: Generally, a person convicted of felony cannot be appointed as a Notary. Also, certain misdemeanors are considered disqualifying. However, should a person convicted of any crime obtain an executive pardon, a certificate of relief from disabilities, or a certificate of good conduct from the parole board, he or she may be considered for appointment.
Q: How does a bond differ from Errors & Omissions Insurance?
A: The executed bond is for the protection of the Notary's customer only and a Notary must repay any amount paid out on his/her behalf to the surety company. A Notary may also purchase errors and omissions insurance for their own protection in the event that the Notary commits a negligent act or makes an error or omission while acting in his/her official capacity.
Q: What happens if a Notary has a name change during their commission?
A: If you have changed your name or address, you may submit a change of personal name or address form along with a $10 fee. Download the form here: http://www.dos.ny.gov/forms/licensing/1473-f-l-a.pdf. (The $10 fee is not required if the individual name change is the result in change of marital status.) You may also change your name upon renewal of your license/registration. You must provide proof of your name change, e.g. a copy of one of the following: court order changing your name; marriage certificate; driver's license, or a non-driver's ID card; valid passport; or immigration documents.
Q: How far in advance can a Notary renew their commission in New York?
A: The renewal application is posted to the Notary approximately three months prior to the expiration of his or her term of office.