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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTARY PUBLIC EDUCATION AND/OR EXAM REQUIREMENTS BY STATE This chart is for quick-reference purposes only, and concerns only Notaries Public, not other notarial officers. Please consult your state statutes and any administrative rules for full Notary education and exam details.
Alabama- Not required; but at county probate judge's discretion.
Alaska- Not required; but education is recommended.
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. Eligibility for the 3-hour refresher course is contingent on timely filing of the renewal application, prior to commission expiration date.
Colorado- Education course and exam required, new and renewing Notaries. Effective 12-31-20, Secretary of State may require training and/or exam for Remote Online Notaries.
Connecticut- Exam required, new and renewing Notaries; exam is contained in the application form.
District of Columbia- Training class (“Orientation”) provided by the Mayor required; to be scheduled after application has been approved. New applicants, and renewing applicants with commissions expired longer than 12 months.
Florida- Education course required; for new Notaries or those applying after a lengthy commission lapse who have not previously taken an approved 3-hour course. Education course required, Notaries registering to be Online Notaries.
Georgia- Not Required
Hawaii- Exam Required
Idaho- Not required; Secretary of State or an approved entity must offer a (non-mandatory) course to new applicants.
Illinois- Not Required
Indiana- Education required, new and renewing Notaries. Continuing education required every two years of active commission. Exam required, new and renewing Notaries. Notaries wishing to register to notarize remotely must comply with continuing education requirements and pass a remote notarial act exam.
Iowa- Initial training required, traditional Notaries. Additional training (initial and refresher) on performance of remote notarial acts required, Remote Notaries.
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 Total Notary Solution–Online Renewal system.
Maryland- Not currently required. Effective 10-1-21, course of study and exam required, new Notary applicants; and (refresher) course required, renewing Notary applicants.
Massachusetts- Not Required
Michigan- Not Required
Minnesota- Not required for new or renewing Notaries. Secretary of State must maintain a list of entities that regularly offer a course of study for a Minnesota Remote Online Notary that covers relevant laws, rules, procedures and ethics.
Mississippi- Not Required
Missouri- Until 8-28-20: Education course required, new and renewing Notary applicants. Reading the Missouri Notary Public Handbook is also required. Effective 8-28-20: Education OR reading the Missouri Notary Handbook required and exam required, new and renewing Notary applicants. Effective 8-28-20: additional training and exam required, Notaries registering to perform electronic notarial acts; and additional training and exam required, Notaries registering to perform remote online notarizations.
Montana- Education and exam required, new and renewing Notaries. Education and exam required, Electronic Notaries and Remote Online Notaries.
Nebraska- Exam required, new (traditional) Notaries. Education and exam required—Electronic Notaries.
Nevada- Education and exam required, all new and renewing traditional Notaries, and all Electronic Notaries (both traditional Electronic Notaries and Remote Electronic Notaries).
New Hampshire- Not Required
New Jersey- Not Required
New Mexico- Not required for new or renewing Notaries. Education required, Notaries registering to act as Electronic Notaries.
New York- Exam required, applicants for a new (initial) Notary commission. Renewing Notaries must take the exam if commission has lapsed (expired) for more than six months. 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- Education and exam required, new and renewing Notary commission applicants. Ohio attorneys seeking a Notary commission are exempt from the exam requirement but not the education requirement. Additional education and exam required, Online Notary Public authorization applicants. Continuing education required, Online Notaries Public.
Oklahoma- Not Required
Oregon- Education course 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. Exam required, new and renewing Notaries.
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- Education course not required. Notary Public applicant must “demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the powers and duties pursuant to the requirements of” Rhode Island’s Notary laws. Secretary of State provides an assessment exam for this purpose.
South Carolina- Not Required
South Dakota- Not Required
Tennessee- Not Required
Texas- Not Required. The Secretary of State may require a Notary who is subject to disciplinary action to complete a Notary Public course of study. Texas state agencies must require Notaries Without Bond to obtain Notary training.
Vermont- Education not required for new applicants. Effective 2.1.21, Vermont Notaries renewing in 2023 must have completed two hours of continuing education prior to renewal application submission. Also effective 2.1.21, an exam is required for initial (new) Notary commission applicants.
Virginia- Not Required
Virgin Islands (U.S.)- Not Required
Washington- Not Required
West Virginia- Not Required
Wisconsin- Education – not required to obtain a Notary commission. Exam required, new and renewing Notaries. Training required, Remote Online Notaries (for using communication technology to perform notarial acts, obtained from communication technology providers).
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 2020.