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Q:  How much can a notary public charge me for administering an oath or affirmation or for taking an acknowledgment?
A: A notary public may charge a fee of $2.00 for administering an oath or affirmation or for taking an acknowledgment or proof of execution.  Unless otherwise authorized by law, a notary fee may not exceed that amount.
Q: As a New York State notary public, can I notarize documents outside of the county in which my commission is filed?
A:  As a notary public commissioned in New York State, you may act as notary public anywhere in New York State.  However, only the clerk of the county in which you are qualified, or in which you have filed an Official Character Card, will have your signature on file. Therefore, if your signature needs to be authenticated, only a County Clerk with your signature on file can authenticate it.
Q:  How can I register my commission to act as a notary public in another county?
A: If you would like to register your notary public commission in another county in New York State, you must purchase an Official Character Card from the County Clerk in the county in which you have qualified. There is a fee of $5.00 for your Official Character Card. Once received, submit this to the County Clerk in the county where you wish to register your commission. There is a fee of $10.00 to register your commission in another county.
Q: What should I do if my name or address changes while I am a notary public?
A: If you have changed your name or address, you may submit a change of personal name or address form along with a $10.00 fee. (The $10.00 fee is not required if the individual name change is the result in change of marital status)  You may also change your name upon renewal of your license/registration.  You must provide proof of your name change, e.g. a copy of one of the following:  court order changing your name; marriage certificate; driver's license, or a non-driver's ID card; valid passport; or immigration documents.  Please note:  A new ID card will not be issued to you following a change of name during the course of your commission, as you must continue to notarize using the name under which you were commissioned throughout the remainder of your term. 


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Enter through the courthouse and proceed to the third floor.

Richard J. Daronco Courthouse
111 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
White Plains, NY 10601

Hours: Mon - Fri, 8am - 5pm
Passport Hours: 8am - 4:30pm
Closed on official holidays.

Upcoming Events

Monday, May 27

Memorial Day
Office Closed
Office will reopen on Tuesday, May 28th at 8am


Thursday, May 30

Mobile Passport Outreach
North Castle Town Hall
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
15 Bedford Road
Armonk, NY 10504


Saturday, June 1

Mobile Passport Outreach
Sleepy Hollow Village Hall
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
28 Beekman Avenue
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591