Preview of the New York eCourse
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In this guide you will learn:
1. Requirements for becoming a notary public in New York
Chapter 1. Requirements for becoming a notary public in New York.
To become a New York notary public you must:
To receive your application and study materials, please contact the department of state
Chapter 2. Preparing your application and registering for the exam.
You must complete your application for the notary public exam with an ink pen; do not complete the application with a pencil. You may not list a post office box as an address. Married women must use their own name as opposed to using Mrs [ first name of husband ] followed by the surname. For example, "Mrs Frank Turner" is not an acceptable name to list. On the application, you must not make any false statements or omit any necessary information; if you do, your application will be denied.
After completion of the application you must:
Registering for the exam.
There is no pre-registration for the exam. There is also no way to determine if there will be space for you at any given exam location. You will have a variety of different locations and times to choose from for your examination. Be sure to chose a date and location that fits into your schedule. The Department of State can assist you with finding information pertaining to exam dates and places--they can be reached at 1 (518) 474 - 4429. Examinations are held regularly all throughout the state of New York.
Questions and Answers
Chapter 3. Preparing for the Exam
To prepare for the New York notary exam you need to be familiar with all of the laws effecting notaries in the state of New York. All of the appropriate laws are in the notary law section of this course. If you are able to answer all of the practice questions at the end of the chapters of this book along with the practice tests at the end of this book, then you are ready for the exam.
Other useful exam preparatory materials include the CD-rom course for passing the New York state notary exam sold on www.becomeanotary.us. This website also hosts a variety of books that are intended for the whole United States and not just to New York; such books are helpful for enhancing your general notary knowledge and they can serve as supplementary books for exam preparation.
Chapter 4. The Notary Exam Itself
It is necessary to arrive at your exam venue at least 15 minutes prior to the starting time of your exam. Seating at the exam is offered on a first come first serve basis, so it is recommended that you arrive an hour early if possible. This way you will have time to park, find your way, and have a higher chance of being seated.
You must bring the following to the exam:
An exemption of the fee will be given to those who the county clerk designated to serve the public at no charge.
The exam is 60 minutes. You are required to answer at least 70% of the questions correctly to pass the exam. The exam is closed book, and the use of study materials is strictly prohibited during the test.
Questions and Answers
We will not be including the questions and answers for chapter four in the free preview. However, there are five questions and answers in the actual course.
Chapter 5. What to do after the exam
Within about two weeks of the exam, you will be notified as to whether you passed or failed by mail. If you fail, you can take the exam again at any time. If you pass, then mail in your original exam slip marked passed with your notarized application along with a $60 check your application fee payable to "Department of State". Your exam results will become void two years after the exam.
Mail your examination results to:
Department of State, Division of Licensing Services
If your application is approved, the Department of State will send you an identification card stating the effective starting and expiration dates of your four-year notary commission. The Department of state will send your Notary commission, notarized application, and official signature directly to the county clerk in your listed area. The Notary does not need to pick up the commission.
Questions and Answers
We will not be including the questions and answers for chapter five in the free preview. However, there are six questions and answers in the actual course.
Chapter 6. The notary commission.
Please see chapter one to read about qualifications.
A New York commissioned notary public can only notarize within New York state boundaries. New York residents who are employed or maintain an office in Connecticut may qualify for a notary commission in Connecticut. New York residents may also qualify for a notary commission in New Jersey.
Term of Office.
A New York notary's term of office is four years. A notary’s effective starting date would be specified on the notary identification card issued by the Department of State. Notary commissions expire midnight on the day issued
A New York Notary can renew his term of office once it has expired. There is, however, only a six month window in which the notary can renew their commission. If this window is missed, then the notary must repeat the commission process.
If a notary wishes to resign, they must submit a written notice to the Department of State giving an effective date of resignation. It is best to send this letter by certified mail to have proof of sending it. New York Notaries must resign their commission if they are moving out of New York without maintaining a business within New york. Once a notary has resigned, they must destroy their stamp or seal of office to prevent fraud.
Change of Address.
Notaries must notify the New York Department of State if they change their residence, office, or place of business.
Change of Name.
The New York Department of State must be notified if a New York Notary changes their name. If a female New York Notary gets married, they must keep their maiden name on their current notary seal, but they may add their new surname when signing. When a notary renews, they can choose the name they would prefer on their seal.
Questions and Answers
We will not be including the questions and answers for chapter six in the free preview. However, there are seven questions and answers in the actual course.
Chapter 7. Notarial acts.
Acknowledgments. An Acknowledgment certifies that a signer personally appeared before a Notary Public, was identified by the Notary, and freely acknowledged signing the document.
Depositions. A deposition certifies that a witness’ spoken words were accurately recorded in writing. This act is often carried out by experienced court reporters.
Jurats. A jurat certifies that the signer made a personal appearance before the Notary, took an oath or affirmation from the Notary, and generally the affiant would sign in the presence of the notary. Jurats are used in affidavits and sworn documents.
Oaths and Affirmations. Solemn promises made to a supreme being are called oaths, and solemn promises made to one's own personal honor are called affirmations.
Proofs of Execution. Proofs of execution certify that a “subscribing witness” personally appeared and swore that another person, “the principal,” signed a document.
Protests. Protests certify that a written promise to pay, for example, a bill of exchange, was left unhonored.
Safe Deposit Box Openings. New York Banking laws require that a Notary to witness openings of safety deposit boxes by a bank.
Acknowledgments constitute roughly eighty-five percent of all Notarial acts - they are by far the most common. Notaries typically carry a pad of blank Acknowledgment forms in their Notary bag and have to reorder pads on a regular basis, as they are the forms that are most used. Deeds for real property typically have an Acknowledgment attached for the notarization along with many other documents. Affidavits and oaths, on the other hand, usually employ the use of a jurat.
When a notary acknowledges a signature, it proves that:
Acknowledgments are very important for real estate transactions as the losses can be massive in the case of fraud. Acknowledged signatures can deter fraudulent signatures, for the most part, especially with the use of thumbprints. Notarizations can not be done by phone or online: the signer must be present before a notary.
Acknowledgments must include proper Acknowledgment wording. The wording often appears on the document itself; however, if the wording is not on the document or if the wording on the document is incorrect, the notary can attach a loose notary certificate that contains the correct wording. These certificates can be purchased in bulk from any store that stocks notary supplies.
For an out-of-state notary to notarize a document effecting real property in New York, they can use the following form:
It is worth noting that the previous form does not have a space for the notary to fill in his state and county - such blank spaces and wording are a requirement in most or all states. New York Notaries, in all likelihood, will not need to deal with this form outside of the notary examination. However, in the occasion that a New York Notary is notarizing a document for property outside of New York state they can use a more appropriate wording. You must not use these wordings for properties within New York.
Here is another acceptable form for corporations for documents affecting properties outside of New York.
The signatures can be made before the notarization.
The signer is not required to sign the document in the Notary's presence for that notary to acknowledge the signature. The document could have been signed days or years before it is presented to the Notary. However, at the time of the notarization, the signer must appear before the Notary and acknowledge that they have signed the document; the signer must, also, sign the Notary's journal.
There are several ways a Notary can identify a signer for an acknowledged signature:
More detail for identifying signers can be found in Chapter 8.
A Notary Public performs Notary acts for married females exactly the same way they would for unmarried females.
The Notary is not required to identify the capacity of the signer in the Acknowledgment certificate. However, the Notary may ask for documentation to prove that the signer does have a particular capacity - being president of a company, for instance, or being an attorney in fact, and so on. Again, New York Acknowledgment certificates do not state the signers capacity, so if you are going to document a signer’s capacity, you must write or type it somewhere in the document or Notary certificate.
City recorders, county clerks, court judges, commissioners of deeds, a mayor, or a surrogate may take Acknowledgments. Other officers - which we will not name here - can execute Acknowledgments in the areas where they perform their official duties.
Whether or not this type of notarization is as acceptable as a Notary-certified document is up to the organization who is requesting the paperwork to be notarized. Certified copies by document custodian is not an official Notary act. It is a type of jurat or sworn oath on the part of the signer / custodian that the document is a true, correct, and complete copy of the original. It is not required by law, but it is recommended that the Notary should inspect the document and compare it with the original to verify its authenticity. It is better if the Notary carries out the actual photocopying; this way the Notary can be absolutely sure that its a real copy. This procedure should not be used for vital records like birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates, etc.
For this procedure, the signer must swear under oath before the Notary in addition to signing in the presence of the Notary.
The other seven types of notary acts will not be discussed in the preview.
Questions and Answers
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