New Notary Educational and Testing Requirements

Source: NJ DORES

Under New Jersey’s new notary public law (P.L. 2021, c. 179), the NJ Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services (DORES) is responsible for implementing various changes designed to modernize the notary commissioning process and general notarial practices in this State.

Among the key changes are educational and testing requirements for New Jersey notaries public. Beginning July 2022, the following statutory provisions become effective:

For initial commissions. Non-attorney applicants for initial notary public commissions must provide proof that they have:

  1. Completed a six-hour course of study approved by the State Treasurer; and
  2. Passed an examination prescribed by the State Treasurer.

Procedures for compliance with the above provisions will be made available via DORES’s web site: Please check the site periodically for updates.

For renewed commissions. A commissioned notary public applying to renew a commission who has satisfactorily completed the six-hour course of study and passed an examination prescribed by the State Treasurer at least one time, or those who were commissioned for the first time before the October 22, 2021 effective date of P.L. 2021, c.179 must complete a three-hour continuing education course. Procedures for compliance with this provision will be made available via DORES’s web site. Please check the site periodically for updates.

May 2022 – Beware of scammers posing as Sussex County Clerk personnel

The Sussex County (NJ) Clerk’s Office has received numerous calls from concerned citizens (inside and out of our county) who have received phone calls from someone claiming to represent the County Clerk’s Office. The caller makes further claims that our office has information that can be used against them, which can be removed from record upon payment to our office.

THIS IS A SCAM. These calls are NOT coming from our office.

Our phone number and office are being used as a means to scam people out of money.

If you feel you were the victim of this scam, contact the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-383-1570 and ask for the Duty Detective.


Tech upgrade results in temporary interruption of onsite record searches

The County Clerk’s Office is currently undergoing a major technology upgrade. Unfortunately, that upgrade resulted in some incompatibilities, temporarily limiting access to our onsite digitized land records.

We apologize for this inconvenience and want you to know our information technology staff are working hard to correct the problem. In the interim, land records recorded from 1950 to present can be viewed via our web search engine. Records prior to 1950 can be searched in our records room in book/paper form.

If you’re planning to visit the Clerk’s Office to search onsite records, please call ahead to confirm the system is working properly (973-579-0900) before making the trip.