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Pennsylvania Notaries Examination

Pennsylvania Notaries Examination


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pennsylvania Department of State is granting an exam authorization extension. Any PA Notary exam authorization expiration date that has, or will expire, on December 31, 2020 - June 29, 2021 , will be given a new exam authorization expiration date of June 30, 2021. For example, if your exam authorization expired on December 31, 2020, your new exam authorization expiration date has been automatically extended to June 30, 2021, and you now have until June 30, 2021 to schedule and complete your exam(s). When you are ready to schedule your exam, please log into your Pearson VUE account by clicking-on the ‘Sign-In or Create Account’ option from the right-hand navigation panel on this webpage.

Coordinated through the PA Department of State

Register for your next exam, find test information, or download handbooks from this page.

Important Information

Effective October 26, 2017, all applicants who do not hold an active notary commission (at the time their application is received by the Department) will be required to pass an examination. Authorized applicants may schedule their exam from this website after October 26, 2017.

Only those who have been approved by the Division of Commissions, Legislation and Notaries are permitted to schedule an exam. Applications to take an exam are submitted electronically. Please allow up to four weeks for review and approval of your notary public application. Once approved, a notification with instructions on how to schedule an exam will be emailed.

Examination Scheduling Information

Please VERIFY that you have registered your LEGAL name as it appears on your government-issued ID and that your personal information is CORRECT. Contact the Division of Commissions, Legislation and Notaries immediately to correct the spelling of your name or update your personal information if you notice any errors.

Available downloads

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Candidate Information Bulletin 283980 PDF 605 KB
Content Outlines 283981 PDF 70 KB
Last updated 2021-01-27