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How to Become a Louisiana Notary

Any resident citizen or alien of the state, 18 years of age or older, may be appointed a notary public in and for the parish in which they reside provided that they meet the requirements established by Louisiana R.S.35:191.

Notary applicants must be qualified by the office of the Secretary of State and, unless licensed to practice law in Louisiana, must also take and pass the state notary examination. The examination is given twice a year on the first Saturday in June and December.

How to Qualify

To become an applicant, you are required to complete an Application to Qualify. To qualify, you must: 

  • be registered to vote in the parish in which you seek commission;
  • be a resident citizen or alien of this state;
  • not have been convicted of a felony and not been pardoned; 
  • be able to read, write, speak and be sufficiently knowledgeable of the English language;
  • be 18 years of age or older; and
  • hold a high school diploma, a diploma for completion of a home study program approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education or a high school equivalency diploma issued after successfully completing the test of General Educational Development.

How to Register to Take the Examination

Once you have completed the Application to Qualify, you will receive an applicant ID and an access code to enable you to register online to take the state notary examination. The deadline to get your Application to Qualify and Examination Registration completed is 45 days prior to the exam. Please take note that the Application to Qualify must be approved by the Secretary of State before one is eligible to register for the examination. It is, therefore, beneficial to the applicant to submit the application well in advance of the deadline to allow for the possibility of judicial review when required.

How to Prepare for the Examination

The Secretary of State publishes an official study guide for the examination. Entitled Fundamentals of Louisiana Notarial Law and Practice, the study guide contains the sources and materials from which the examination items are drawn. To purchase the study guide online, see Purchase a Study Guide.

No course or class is required by law in order for you to take the examination, but we suggest you take a good course or join a good study group. Although the secretary of state does not recommend particular courses or instructors, we maintain a list of registered and bonded notary exam preparation course providers. For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions and the Forms & Fee Schedule. You can also send us a message or call us at 225.922.0507.