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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.

Notary Pre-Assessment

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 $100 examination registration fee.

Failure to pass the examination shall have no effect on the status of the commission of the notary.

Examination Schedule

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 $100 examination fee 60 days prior to the date of the examination.  The Application to Qualify with the qualifying fee of $35 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 3, 2016 Examination

For the December 2016 administration the examination will be administered as a single test, rather than broken down into two separately scored components.   Applicants will read brief scenarios that, based on material in the study guide, mirror notarial practice in Louisiana. Applicants respond to multiple-choice items drawn from the content of the scenarios. The examination measures applicants’ critical and practical understanding of specific notarial acts and related instruments.  That is, it tests their ability to comprehend and apply the material.  It is administered in one five-hour sitting.

Candidates with an existing exemption for the old Critical Knowledge Component are offered two options for satisfying the requirement to pass the Louisiana Notary Public Examination:  (1) take and pass the single test described above or (2) take and pass the old General Knowledge Component. The old General Knowledge Component consists of items based on information from the current (2016) edition of Fundamentals of Louisiana Notarial Law and Practice—the official study guide published by the Secretary of State.  These items test applicants’ ability to comprehend the material contained in, or referenced by, the study guide.  Candidates with an exemption on the old Critical Knowledge Component who elect to take the old General Knowledge Component may not use the study guide while taking the examination, which is administered in one five-hour sitting.  

Sources of Examination Items

The examination is drawn from the current (2016) edition of Fundamentals of Louisiana Notarial Law and Practice--the Louisiana notary-public examination official study guide published by the Secretary of State.  This publication only may be used on the examination. Substantive information in earlier editions of the official study guide is no longer applicable to informed and accurate notarial practice.  Using any other reference materials is considered an act of cheating and is grounds for dismissal from the test.

Important Examination Day Information

If applicants elect to use the study guide during the examination, the pages may be marked up, highlighted or annotated in any way. Attachments and inserts are not allowed, but pages may be tabbed. 

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.