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Become A Notary

The Faculty Office assists the Master of the Faculties in his function under the Legal Services Act 2007 as ‘Approved Regulator’ for the profession of Notaries Public in England & Wales. We are not Notaries, nor are we The Notaries Society or Society of Scrivener Notaries.

The Notaries (Qualification) Rules 2013, which govern the qualification and appointment of Notaries in England & Wales, are available to view on the Faculty Office website. This page gives some general information about becoming a Notary.

The process of qualification and appointment consists of three stages:

 

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    • Please contact the Faculty Office
    • ‘Academic’ training and obtaining a Certificate of Exemption
    • You cannot progress to Stage 2 until you have obtained a Certificate of Exemption
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Before commencing the Notarial Practice Course, applicants must hold a valid certificate issued by the Faculty Office exempting them from all 8 modules which comprise the ‘Academic’ stage of training. Applicants will not be able to commence the Notarial Practice Course until a Certificate of Exemption has been granted, although the provider may give a place to an applicant conditional upon obtaining a Certificate of Exemption. The fee for Certificate of Exemption applications is £100.00. It is the Master’s Qualifications Board, rather than the Faculty Office itself, which considers (taking into account an applicant’s academic legal qualifications and experience in legal practice) whether a Certificate can be issued, or whether additional academic modules need to be studied first. The Board meets 4 to 5 times a year, and applicants are encouraged to submit their application at the earliest possible opportunity.

Most applicants are required to study one or more academic modules before the Certificate of Exemption can be issued. In such cases, further details are provided to those applicants once the Board has considered the application and made a decision. Certain CILEx Level 6 Units provided by CILEx Law School have been approved by the Qualifications Board as suitable for the purpose of gaining an exemption. Other academic providers may be available but you should check with the Faculty Office first to ensure that the module(s) you intend to take will fulfil the Qualifications Board’s requirements.

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    • ‘Professional’ training (the Notarial Practice Course)
    • This is run by University College, London (UCL), and any enquiries specifically about the Notarial Practice Course should be directed to UCL
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This is a two-year distance learning course, run on the Faculty Office’s behalf by an academic provider, to train candidates in Notarial Practice. The academic provider for the Notarial Practice Course is currently University College, London (UCL). The three modules comprising the Notarial Practice Course are:

    • Roman Law as an Introduction to Modern Civil Law Systems (“Roman Law”): Year 1 – September to January
      Private International Law: Year 1 – February to May
    • Notarial Practice: Year 2 – September to May

The current total fees for the two-year course are £7,500. Further information for the Notarial Practice Course is available at: http://www.laws.ucl.ac.uk/study/continuing-professional-development/notarial-practice-course/.

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    • Appointment as a Notary by the Master of the Faculties and ‘Admission’ to the Roll of Notaries
    • Please contact the Faculty Office
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Upon successful completion of the Notarial Practice Course applicants will need to apply to the Faculty Office for appointment as a Notary and admission to the Roll of Notaries.

The formal application to the Master of the Faculties should be accompanied by completed Certificates of Fitness and Good Character. References from any relevant professional body (such as from the Solicitors Regulation Authority, for Solicitor applicants) will be taken up by the Faculty Office.

Newly-admitted Notaries must be supervised by another Notary for the first two years of their practice (and must complete a three-year supervision period if practising Conveyancing or Probate as a Notary). Newly-admitted Notaries must also participate in Post-Admission Education by attending the specified day courses or seminars on Notarial Practice. These requirements are specified in the Notaries (Post-Admission) Rules 2009. Before making the formal application for admission, applicants should arrange the services of a Supervisor (a Notary in practice for not less than five years). The Secretary of the Notaries Society will be able to assist if applicants encounter difficulty in finding a suitable Supervisor.

 

 

 

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We have a pack available (by post/DX only) which gives full information on the qualification requirements and appointment procedures. It also includes the forms necessary to apply for a ‘Certificate of Exemption’ from the ‘Academic’ stage of training. There is a charge of £10 for the pack and cheques in payment should be made payable to ‘The Faculty Office’ and sent with a covering letter (including return postal address) to:

The Joint Registrars, The Faculty Office, 1 The Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3JT.

The Faculty Office’s DX address is: DX 145940 Westminster 4.

 

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More information on the Qualification requirements is also available on the Notaries Society website. Please follow this link: www.thenotariessociety.org.uk/becoming-a-notary

The Notaries Society has published two useful leaflets on becoming a Notary, intended for law graduates and for legal practitioners:
Becoming a Notary – An alternative legal career: A guide for law graduates
Becoming a Notary – A complementary legal career: A guide for legal practitioners