Notary Public Exam

35 Firemen's Memorial Drive, Pomona, NY 10970 [get directions]

Rockland Country Fire Training Center
35 Firemen's Memorial Drive, Classroom 2 

Exam Procedures (July - December 2016)

You can register for the exam at the test center, on the day of the exam. Refer to the schedule below to find the most convenient location, date and time for you to take any upcoming exam. Exam schedules are updated in January and July of each year.

Seats are limited and assigned on a first-come/first-served basis. If you are late, you will not be admitted into the exam.

What To Bring

  1. A form of government issued signature identification which must be photo-bearing. Your identification MUST BE CURRENT(not expired) and from the following list:
    • driver's license
    • state issued identification (ex. non-driver ID)
    • military ID
    • United States Passport
    • United States INS issued ID
    • Certificate of US citizenship
    • Foreign Passport
    • IDNYC (NYC Resident ID card)
    • Brazilian, Mexican or Ecuadorian Consular ID
  2. $15 examination fee. You may pay by check or money order made payable to the Department of State or charge the fee to MasterCard or Visa. Cash will not be accepted. Examination fees are nonrefundable. A $20 fee will be charged for any returned check.

Test Center Policies

All applicants will be thumb printed prior to taking the exam.

Cellular phones, beepers and any other electronic devices MUST be turned off during the exam.

Dictionaries, books, other reference materials, large bags and briefcases are not allowed at the test center. Do not bring these materials to the test center as there is no place to store them.

Eating, drinking or smoking is not permitted at the test center. If you bring food or beverages, you will be asked to dispose of them before entering the test center.

Visitors, guests and children are not permitted at the test center.

Any person found using notes, books, or other aids; giving or receiving help; removing examination materials or notes from the test center; causing a disturbance or engaging in practices contrary to the rules of proper examination conduct will be dismissed from the test center. Any decisions regarding disciplinary measures will be made by the Exam Supervisor at the Department of State.

Score Reporting

You must correctly answer at least 70 percent of the questions to pass the exam. However, all exam results are reported as either passed or failed; you will not get a numerical score.

You will be notified by mail as soon as your exam results are available. Results are not given over the phone, so please do not call Licensing Services for them.

If you pass the written exam, you will receive a notice in the mail. Apply by submitting your application form and license fee. (Complete application details are provided in the application form instructions.)

If you fail the written exam, you will receive a notice in the mail. You may retake the written exam on another date and time of your choice.

Examination results are only valid for a period of two years.

About the Exam


Exam topics include: law, general terms and information related to the duties and functions of a notary public, as outlined in the "Notary Public License Law" booklet available from the Division of Licensing Services.

Applicants will be allowed 1 hour to complete the test. The allotted time begins at the conclusion of the instructions.


Walk-In Examination Schedule
July - December 2016


Test sites and times are subject to change and exams may be canceled due to weather conditions or other emergencies. If hazardous weather conditions exist in your area, you may call 518-474-4429 to see if an exam has been canceled. Please do not call the test centers listed below.

If you need assistance or exam information, you may contact a Division of Licensing Services office in your area or call the Albany phone center at 518-474-4429. TDD users may contact the New York State relay operator at 1-800-662-1220. Persons with disabilities who require accessibility information may call 518-474-4429.

No one will be admitted to an examination after the specified starting time.