Finding an NYS Notary

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Signed, Sealed, and Witnessed—NYS Notary Services Explained

Getting a document notarized in NYS and anywhere else can be a hassle, which may leave you wondering why you need to notarize a document in the first place. Apart from making it legitimate, a document with a notary signature has proof that the signers entered into it willingly. A notary should check for any signs of fraud and witness the signing.

Besides the regular in-person notary service, there are different types of notaries available in New York. We’ll break down all your options and help you get the most affordable and convenient NYS notary service.

What Types of Notary Services Do New York Notary Laws Allow?

Different types of notaries in New York include the following:

  1. Notary—notarizes documents at their place of business, which means you have to visit them in person to have your document notarized
  2. Notary signing agent—typically deals with loans
  3. Mobile notary—goes to an agreed-upon location (e.g., the client’s home or office)
  4. Online notary—notarizes documents virtually through a live video call

Until 2020, remote or online notarizations were not permitted in NYS. In response to the pandemic, you can now get your documents legally notarized online with certain requirements.

Online Notarization in New York Explained

Before you opt for remote notarization, consider the following requirements:

Online Notarization Requirements From March 2020Additional Requirements for Wills, Trusts, , and Health Care Proxies
  1. Having a valid photo ID during the video conference
  2. Interacting with the notary, which means pre-recorded videos are not allowed
  3. Stating that you are physically situated in NYS
  4. Sending or faxing a copy of the signed document to the notary on the same date you sign it
  1. Interacting with the notary, the witness(es), and the supervising attorney, if applicable
  2. Sending or faxing a legible copy of the signature page(s) to the witnesses

How Much Does a New York State Notary Charge?

The notary cost in New York varies depending on what you need to notarize. Here’s the price range you can expect:

  • Jurats—$2.00 each
  • Oaths & affirmations—$2.00 each
  • Protests—$0.75 and $0.10 per notice
  • Proofs—$2.00 and $2.00 for each sworn witness
  • Acknowledgments—$2.00 and $2.00 for each witness

NYS Notary Lookup on Your Own

If you want to find a notary in NYS by yourself, you can check the phonebook, google, or use one of these websites:

This process may take a long time as you need to:

  1. Adjust the filters to look for a notary in your location
  2. Find one
  3. Contact them to book an appointment
  4. Visit them if they don’t offer remote notarization
  5. Go with the other signing parties bringing the documents and your IDs

Using DoNotPay to notarize your affidavit or any contract is much easier because we do all the work!

Use DoNotPay To Get Documents Notarized in New York

When you need a notary, DoNotPay can swoop in and take care of everything! We’ll find a notary who can perform virtual notarization so that you don’t have to leave your home. You don’t even have to worry about varying notary prices. With our low monthly fee, you can notarize documents multiple times and have access to other features of our app.

Once you open DoNotPay in a , do the following to get your document notarized:

  1. Type in Notarize Any Document in the search field
  2. Upload your document
  3. Enter your email address
  4. Check your email for a link

We’ll send you a link that will let you set up an online notary appointment whenever it’s convenient for you.

Kill Two Birds With One Stone—Draw Up and Notarize Documents With DoNotPay

Besides having a virtual assistant who will locate a notary and help you schedule an appointment, DoNotPay can draft numerous documents in your stead. All you have to do is answer a few questions to customize it, and your document will be ready for notarizing.

can help you write the following documents:

Document TypeList of Documents


  • General Business Contract
  • Non-Compete Agreement
  • Bill of Sale
  • Non-Disclosure Agreement
  • LLC Operating Agreement
  • Independent Contractor Agreement

Real estate

  • Quitclaim Deed
  • Intent To Purchase Real Estate
  • Residential Lease Agreement
  • Estoppel Certificate


  • General Affidavit
  • Parenting Plan (Child Custody Agreement)
  • Promissory Note
  • Prenuptial Agreement

More Notary Questions? We Can Help!

Our learning center is a vast knowledge base helping you find answers to numerous questions, such as:

We can also guide you on notarizing in other U.S. states, including Ohio, Maryland, California, and Pennsylvania.

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