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How to prepare for – and pass – the NY Notary exam

prepare for and pass the NY Notary exam

Updated 12-20-22. Passing a difficult test is hard enough. But cramming for topics that don’t come naturally can be a nightmare. As you may recall from high school or college study sessions, there are basic strategies for preparing to pass an exam within a short amount of time, including repetition, knowing an exam format (multiple choice or essays?) and using study aids like flash cards and practice tests.

For example, applicants in the state of New York must face one of the most rigorous Notary tests in the U.S., the NY Notary Public License Exam. First-time applicants must pass a written and proctored exam which is administered at various locations throughout the state. Current members of the New York State Bar Association and court clerks of the Unified Court System who have passed the Civil Service exam are exempt. 

Testing schedules and instructions are provided online by the Division of Licensing Services. Seating is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Fortunately, registering for the exam, taking thumbprints and remitting the $15 fee are handled on the day of your NY exam.

Special Features of Prepare For & Pass The New York Notary Exam

  • Downloadable flash cards you can take to the exam for last-minute cramming
  • Law Glossary to break down complex, confusing legal terms used in the actual exam
  • Test-taking tips with case studies that walk you through intricate questions

Before test day, embrace lifestyle factors like healthy eating and plenty of rest to help boost your chances of success. You will process the information for the exam while you sleep and be ready to tackle the trickiest questions on the big day. Being fully prepared helps reduce feelings of panic or worry and ensures you take your time, stay calm and double-check your answers.

Goals for Studying and Preparing to Pass the New York Notary Exam 

  • Run through 80-minute practice tests before exam day
  • Take mini-quizzes to help you avoid the trickier legal questions 
  • Learn how to properly ID signers and prevent forgeries
  • Understand how to handle the new Closing Disclosures before the August 1 deadline
  • Fill out your comprehensive Notary application flawlessly

An old college adage goes something like this: If you don’t have the time to prepare and pass a tough test, you’d better have time to take it all over again. Having a simple study plan may ease your anxieties and help you ace any exams you confront in the future.

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Ashley Weaver

28 Jul 2015

Can you recommend a study guide for the test?

yaritza santiago

08 Feb 2017

Can you recommend a study guide for the test? where can i find out the questions and answer, how much is the exam. How long is the exam

Gary Strenkoski

28 Apr 2017

Want to pass

Cheryl Roberti

15 Jul 2017

Could you please tell me what study guide with practice tests is best for taking the exam in 2017


15 Sep 2018

Practice test and answers

David Schneidewind

08 Feb 2019

Yaritza Santiago although there are plenty of online prep courses and practice exams I just went to the Department of Licensing website and downloaded the 10 page booklet it has everything you need to study but I will honestly say it’s a bit rough to get through unless your a lawyer. The time it takes depends on you there’s 40 questions and it’s multiple choice so if you studied you can get through in about 45 mins I made my own flash cards for the terms and words you need to know which helped a lot. I read through the material multiple times because like I said it’s a hard read . Reads like your reading a book written by a lawyer so I would go over it multiple times. The. I went online and took a few practice tests and did ok you have to get 28-40 correct and it’s a pass or fail so if you fail you don’t know by how much you passed or failed by The cost is 15$ and where I went you could pay by check or CC

Rakib Mohiuddin

09 Jan 2020

Need the flash card to practice for the exam


03 Mar 2020

I need to take a sample test

Olivia v. Livingstone

06 Aug 2020

I need a practice test

Dastin Jean Mary

29 Aug 2020

I need a practice exam

Khaimraj Totaram

14 Nov 2020

I would like to have a practice test for notory and answers


01 Dec 2020

I would like have some practice test for notory

Lacy clark

23 Dec 2020

I need to know where to go to find the booklet and flash cards.

National Notary Association

06 Jan 2021

Hello. If you launch the online training course, the booklet and flash cards can be found on the upper right hand side of the screen under "Resources."

Laura Cafaro

25 Jan 2021

Unable to launch online training course for booklet & flashcards

National Notary Association

26 Jan 2021

Hello. Please email our Customer Care team at to request assistance.

Mohammad Hossain

31 Jan 2021

I would like to have a practice test for notary public & answer .

National Notary Association

01 Feb 2021

Hello. The NNA's online NY Notary training course includes study materials. For more information, please contact our Customer Care team at or visit our website at


08 Apr 2021

How do I sign up for the notary exam? Am I supposed to just show up to a testing center of my choice on the day of the exam and register then, or do I have to register my testing center beforehand?

National Notary Association

08 Apr 2021

Hello. This document has instructions for registering for the NY Notary Exam during COVID-19:

Adebowale James

30 Jun 2021

I need practice materials to read for the exams

National Notary Association

01 Jul 2021

Hello. The NNA's online NY Notary training course includes study materials. For more information, please contact our Customer Care team at or visit our website at

Charles East

26 Nov 2021

Looking forward for the study material

Joan Smith

22 Jan 2022

Where can I get a copy of the notary public license law booklet?

National Notary Association

25 Jan 2022

Hello. It is available online here:

Lydia bellino

29 Jun 2022

Suggestions for sample quizes

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