New Examination Applicants
Once you have completed the Application to Qualify, you must register for and take the online Notary Exam Pre-Assessment. When you have a score for the pre-assessment, you can register to take the state notary exam by filling out the Examination Registration. The deadline to register for the state notary exam is 60 days prior to the exam. Therefore, you must qualify and complete your pre-assessment at least 67 days prior to the exam.
The Secretary of State, in conjunction with LSU Office of Assessment and Evaluation, has made available a test that will aid in your decision to take the Louisiana Notary Exam. Act 610 of the 2014 Regular Session of the Legislature made this test mandatory.
This Notary Pre-Assessment is designed to help you make an informed decision about pursuing a notary commission in Louisiana. The work of Louisiana notaries is based on the laws as written in the Louisiana Civil Code and in the Louisiana Revised Statutes. The code, the statutes and the official study guide for the Louisiana Notary Public Examination are written at a reading level that corresponds to Level B on this assessment. Our research shows that the closer to Level A one scores, the greater one’s likelihood of success on the exam. When considering the score you receive, you should note that each level is based on averages and thus provides a general estimate of one’s reading comprehension ability.
Please note again that the score you receive is provided with the intent of helping you make an informed decision about pursuing a notary commission. Regardless of your score or indicated level on the pre-assessment, you are not prohibited from taking the Louisiana Notary Public Examination at any time of your choosing, and as many times as you like.
Once your Application to Qualify for Appointment as Notary Public has been approved, you can login and register for the Notary Pre-Assessment.
Note: The pre-assessment deadline is one week prior to the exam registration deadline.
Commissioned Notary Examination Applicants
Act 793 of 2006 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature
- Provides for statewide jurisdiction for notaries who have taken and passed the state notary exam.
- Provides for any regularly commissioned notary public who was commissioned before the state exam was instituted to qualify for statewide jurisdiction by taking and passing the state exam.
To apply, the applicant completes an Examination Registration Form and sends it to Secretary of State's office prior to the examination deadline along with the $75 examination registration fee.
Failure to pass the examination shall have no effect on the status of the commission of the notary.
Pursuant to Act 423 of the 2006 Regular Louisiana Legislative Session the Notary Examination will be administered by the Secretary of State on the first Saturday in June and December.
The Secretary of State's office must receive the Notary Examination Registration and the $75 examination fee 60 days prior to the date of the examination. The Application to Qualify with the qualifying fee of $25 and the Notary Pre-Assessment with $30 fee must be completed at least one week prior to the Exam Registration deadline. Registration for the Notary Pre-Assessment will be closed 67 days prior to the date of the examination.
Examination Format for the December 5, 2015 Examination
The Scenario-Writing Component has been discontinued as part of the examination.
For this administration, the two components of the examination, General Knowledge and Scenario-Critical Knowledge, will be administered in one five-hour sitting. To pass the examination, applicants must earn a passing score on both components. Applicants may take as much time as they choose on each component. The same order will be followed by examinees taking any two parts of the test.
• General Knowledge Component (45 minutes)
• Scenario Component-Critical Knowledge Part (3 hours)
These times are recommended only; applicants may spend as much time as they choose on a part, not to exceed five hours for the entire testing period, including any breaks the applicant may elect to take between parts. Although applicants may use the time in any manner they choose, they must complete and turn in the materials for one part before proceeding to the next.
General Knowledge Component
The General Knowledge Component consists of items pertaining to information from the current (2015) edition of Fundamentals of Louisiana Notarial Law and Practice (the Louisiana notary-public examination official study guide published by the Secretary ofState). These items test the applicant’s (1) knowledge of the material contained in, or referenced by, the study guide and (2) ability to comprehend and apply the information. No reference materials may be used on this part of the test. Using reference materials here constitutes cheating and is grounds for dismissal from the test.
Critical Knowledge Component
The Critical Knowledge part requires applicants to demonstrate critical understanding of specific notarial acts and related instruments by reading texts of scenarios that mirror notarial practice in Louisiana and responding to multiple-choice items based on the texts. In this part applicants read scenarios in which constituents request the development of notarial instruments. In lieu of actually writing or developing the instruments, applicants respond to multiple-choice items pertaining to the notary’s role in addressing the intent of the parties. Preparation for this part should focus on notarial acts and instruments associated with (1) the conveyance and mortgage of movable or immovable property; (2) notarial testaments; and (3) succession by affidavit; however, applicants should be knowledgeable of the inclusive list of notarial instruments and areas of concern presented on pages 584 to 587 of the official study guide.
For the Critical Knowledge Component the applicant may use only the current (2015) edition of Fundamentals of Louisiana Notarial Law and Practice (the Louisiana notary-public examination official study guide published by the Secretary of State), although it is not required. The pages existing in the study guide may be marked up, highlighted or annotated in any way, but may NOT include inserted pages, whether glued, taped, stapled or otherwise affixed to the book or overlaid into or on any pages of the book. No loose pages are allowed. Any variation of correction fluid or tape (e.g., White-Out, Liquid Paper) is allowed. Tabs of no more than 3-inches-by-3-inches are allowed on the edges of the pages, including flags and post-its. No other resources maybe used on this portion of the examination.
Sources of Examination Items
The June 6, 2015, examination will be drawn from the 2015 edition of the official study guide. Substantive information in earlier editions of the official study guide is no longer applicable to informed and accurate notarial practice.
Exemption from Specific Components
Applicants who pass any component or part of the test but fail to receive a passing overall score are exempted from the passed part for three years.
Important Examination Day Information
Eating, drinking and the use of tobacco or reading materials are not permitted in the testing room. The use of timers, cell phones, pagers and electronic devices of any kind is strictly prohibited. They must be turned off and not accessed until after testing concludes. If your phone or other communication device is activated (rings, vibrates, or its alarm goes off) or if you use it at any time during the test, you will be dismissed and your answer documents will not be scored. No refund of your testing fees will be issued. Any examinee exhibiting disruptive behavior may be dismissed.
Procedures for Review
La. R.S. 35:191.1 (A)(3) makes a provision for review of examinations.
All multiple-choice items presented on the test are subjected to post-test statistical analysis that provides a basis for adjustments to the passing score for these components. Additionally, at the test administration, applicants may request a form on which they may challenge the validity of any item as written.