While the Office of the Westchester County Clerk maintains records of all notaries public commissioned in Westchester County, we do not administer the application process. Instead, you must apply to the New York State Department of State. In order to do so, you must be at least 18 years old, be a citizen of the United States and either be a resident of the state of New York or have an office or place of business in New York state. If you meet the requirements to become a notary public, you must: (1) pass the notary public examination; (2) submit a complete original application; and (3) submit a $60.00 fee to the Department of State. To prove that you have passed the notary public examination, you must submit your "pass slip" showing you have taken and passed the exam. Click here for a Noatry Public Application and further instructions.
For more information on the notary public examination, please visit the website of the New York State Department of State or call (518)474-4429. Be sure to bring the following: A government issued identification such as a driver's license, a #2 pencil, and a $15.00 examination fee payable by check, money order, MasterCard or Visa. Cash will not be accepted.
An individual who is currently a member of the New York State Bar or a court clerk of the Unified Court System, appointed to that position after taking a Civil Service promotional examination, may be appointed a notary public without an examination. Please contact the New York State Department of State with any questions regarding application to be a notary public under these provisions.