In order to become a notary some states require that new and/or renewing applicants take a notary education/notary training course or a notary exam. The following is a complete list of edcuation and exam requirements by state. If you have any questions please contact ASN at (850) 671-5164.
NOTARY EDUCATION AND/OR EXAM REQUIREMENTS
Alabama- Not required; but at county probate judge's discretion.
Alaska- Not required; but education is recommended.
Arizona- Not required; but Secretary of State "may" require applicants and suspended notaries to obtain training. Each notary must obtain and read the Arizona Notary Public Reference Manual: https://www.azsos.gov/business/notary-public
Arkansas- Education course and exam required, electronic notaries. Exam required, traditional notaries.
California- Education course and exam required; for a new commission applicants must take a 6-hour course and renewing applicants must take a 3-hour refresher course. In order to be eligible for the 3-hour refresher course, applicants must renew prior to their expiration date.
Colorado- Education course and exam required for new notaries; and renewing notaries who allow their commission to lapse for more than 30 days.
Connecticut- Exam required; exam is contained in the application form.
Louisiana- Pre-assessment exam and state exam required. Attorneys licensed in Louisiana are exempt from taking the exam.
Maine- Exam required; the exam is an open-book exam and is included with the application. Renewing resident applicants take the exam via the online Total Notary Solution - Online Renewal system.
Maryland- Not Required
Massachusetts- Not Required
Michigan- Not Required
Minnesota- Not Required
Mississippi- Not Required
Missouri- Education course required; (online or other manner) for new and renewing notary applicants. Reading the Missouri Notary Public Handbook is also required.
Montana- Exam required. All new applicants (only those that have not had a Montana notary commission or those who have had an expired notary commission for 30 days or more) must take and pass an examination administered by the Secretary of State’s Office or by an entity approved by the Secretary of State.
Nebraska- Education required – electronic notaries only. Exam required for traditional and electronic notaries.
Nevada- Education and exam required. All new and renewing notaries, traditional and electronic notaries. All training classes are presently administered through the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office.
New Hampshire- Not Required
New Jersey- Not Required
New Mexico- Not Required
New York- Exam required; attorneys licensed to practice law in New York are exempt from taking the exam.
North Carolina- Education course required, first-time applicants – traditional notaries. Exam required, first-time and renewing applicants (traditional notaries). Education and exam required for registration as an electronic notary. (Members of the North Carolina Bar are exempted from traditional notary education and exam).
North Dakota- Not Required
Ohio- Not required. Exam may be imposed at the discretion of the local county judge.
Oklahoma- Not Required
Oregon- Education course and exam required for new applicants, and renewing notaries whose commissions will lapse before renewal forms are received by the Secretary of State. Online or a live classroom environment.
Pennsylvania- Education course required; new and renewing notary applicants. Education must be at least 3 hours taken either online or in a classroom environment and must be taken within a 6-month period preceding commission application. Exam required; first-time applicants and renewing but commission has lapsed.
Rhode Island- Not Required
South Carolina- Not Required
South Dakota- Not Required
Tennessee- Not Required
Texas- Not Required
Utah- Exam required; exam is administered online at www.utah.gov.
Vermont- Not Required
Virginia- Not Required
Virgin Islands (U.S.)- Not Required
Washington- Not Required
West Virginia- Not Required
Wisconsin- Not Required
Wyoming- Not required, although the Secretary of State's Office highly recommends that all notary applicants take the self-help test available on their website.
NOTE: All information above is current as of August 2018.