Let’s clear up the confusion about renewing notaries and the notary exam.
If you begin the reappointment process at least six months before the end of your current commission, which includes completing the three-hour education requirement and getting your application into the Department of State within six months of your current commission expiration date, you WILL NOT have to take the Pearson VUE notary exam.
If you do not finish the application process (not getting sworn into office within 45 days from the date your new commission begins), you will have to start the reappointment process all over again … and that means you will have to take the Pearson VUE notary exam.
Do not wait until the last minute to renew your commission. Start the process at least six months in advance of your current expiration date and follow through with the reappointment process by taking the oath of office within 45 days from the date your new commission begins.