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 Secretary of State’s Office and, unless licensed to practice law in Louisiana, must complete the Notary Exam Pre-Assessment as well as take and pass the state notary exam. The pre-assessment is online and must be completed before an applicant can register for the state notary exam. The pre-assessment is mandatory but only needs to be taken once. The state notary exam is given twice a year on the first Saturday in June and December.
UPDATE: In the 2018 Regular Session, the Louisiana Legislature changed the law pertaining to the dates and the number of administrations per year of the Louisiana Notary Examination. See below for the upcoming dates and deadlines:
Important Dates to Know for the October Louisiana Notary Exam:
The pre-assessment deadline for the October 2018 exam is Thursday, August 30, 2018.
The exam registration deadline for the October 2018 exam is Thursday, September 6, 2018.
The Louisiana notary exam will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018.
Important Dates to Know for the December Louisiana Notary Exam:
The pre-assessment deadline for the December 2018 exam is Thursday, November 8, 2018.
The exam registration deadline for the December 2018 exam is Thursday, November 15, 2018.
The Louisiana notary exam will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2018.
How to Qualify to Become a Louisiana Notary
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.