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State Applications

We give you the Application in Class and share with you how to fill it out, where to send it, and when it is due.

About the Notary Examination

The Notary Exam is written and administered by an examination committee of your local district court in the parish in which you live. The examination is given on the second Monday in July and on the second Monday in December and other times as needed by the district court.

The exam is considered difficult but fair. Passing the test is a result of good preparation including taking a quality course, having the right materials, knowing what is expected of you on the test, and proper study time. This is where DONALDSON and our staff of Notaries will make giving you the greatest chance of passing the first time our highest priority.

We make sure you have only the best materials, only the best instructors, and practice tests that are similar to the test you will take.

Registration and Exam Fees

The fee for taking the Notary Examination is $75. When you attend class, we will give you the forms and telephone numbers and addresses you need to know. You must register for the exam at least 30 days in advance. Please note that in Orleans Parish only you must apply with the Clerk of Court. In All Other Parishes you must apply with the District Court.

The fee to register as a Notary with the Secretary of State after you pass the examination is $35. You are also required to have five year Bond of $5,000 (you may pay $250 by the year.), or, in lieu of a bond, you can submit a Notarized Affidavit for $5,000 in assets that are clear of liens.

The yearly renewal fee is $20.

Is it possible to cancel or reschedule an appointment to take the exam?

Yes, but you lose your fees and your test date. You must wait until the test is given again.

What score is needed to pass the exam?

Your competency as a Notary is decided by a panel of your peers. There is no minimum score to pass; you must prove you know how to be a Notary.

When will I get the results of my exam?

The law requires you receive your results no later that 45 days after taking the exam. In practice, most people find out in approximately 2-4 weeks.

How long from when I get my results until I get my Notary Commission?

Once you receive notice you have passed the examination, you simply submit the proper forms to the Secretary of State and you may go to work. We give you these forms in class. The process from passing the test to submitting the forms and getting your Commission should take less than one week.