Requesting a Notary
Our office has notaries on staff who can notarize documents free of charge. Our office hours are Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm.
Upon request, County Clerks will authenticate the signature of the notary on a document and will attest to the notary’s authority to sign. This is normally obtained when the documents will be used outside of the State of New York. Notaries who expect to sign documents regularly in counties other than that of their residence may elect to file a certificate of official character with other County Clerks in the State of New York.
At times a document that is being used outside of the United States may require an authentication. The New York Secretary of State authenticates public documents. Information on this process can be obtained from New York State's Department of State website, NYS Division of Corporations, State Records & UCC.
For up-to-date information on the Notary Public Exam, including fees, regulations, test sites and times, please visit the New York State Notary Public License Law website.
Notary Public Renewal
The renewal application is mailed to the notary approximately three months prior to the expiration of his or her term of office. The application must be completed and submitted with a $60 fee to the county clerk where the notary is commissioned. Instructions for proper submission are included with the renewal application. The term of commission is four years.
Attorneys, residing outside of the State of New York, who are admitted to practice in the State of New York and who maintain a law office within the State are deemed to be residents of the county where the office is maintained. Nonresidents other than attorneys who have offices or places of business in the State of New York may also become notaries. The oath of office and signature of the notary must be filed in the office of the County Clerk of the county in which the office or place of business is located.