Becoming A Notary Public In Suffolk

Stamp itSuffolk County Clerk Judith Pascale is encouraging anyone who has considered becoming a Notary Public to visit www.SuffolkCountyNY.gov/clerk to learn more about the process.
A Notary Public is a state-appointed official who administers oaths and serves as an impartial witness when important documents are signed. A Notary Public most commonly administers oaths and affirmations but can also certify acknowledgements on documents such as deeds, mortgages or powers of attorneys. A Notary Public is commissioned to serve for four years.
“If you are eighteen years old, a citizen of the United States and either live or have an office in New York State, you are eligible to serve as a Notary Public,” stated Suffolk County Clerk Judith A. Pascale. “Because you will need to pass an examination in order to serve, you should visit our office so that we can provide you with a copy of the Notary Public License Law study guide,” continued Pascale.
The Notary Public Exam is a walk-in exam given regularly throughout New York State. In Suffolk County, the exam is administered by New York State Department of State in Hauppauge at the New York State Office Building located on Veteran’s Highway. An appointment is not necessary; examinations are conducted on a “walk-in” basis. The Notary Public License Law can also be obtained from the New York Secretary of State’s website at www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/notary/notary.html.
The fee to take the exam is $15.00, due on the date of the exam, payable by check or money order to the “Department of State”. Cash is not accepted.
The Office of the Suffolk County Clerk maintains records of all notaries public commissioned in Suffolk County and provides authentications of Notary Public signatures. In addition, Notary Public renewals are administered by our notary department. The public can visit the notary department located at 310 Center Drive in Riverhead between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays.

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