Qualification as a Scrivener Notary is now governed by the Scriveners (Qualifications) Rules 1998  (click for pdf version) which came into force on 1 February 1999.

Rule 3 provides that, in order to qualify as a scrivener notary, it is first necessary to qualify as a general notary. Qualification as a general notary is governed by rules made by the Master of the Faculties.   A copy can be obtained by writing to:

The Registrar of the Court of Faculties
1 The Sanctuary
London SW1P 3JT


It is a requirement of the rules made by the Master of the Faculties (the Notaries (Qualification) Rules 1998) that an applicant for appointment as a general notary must hold a university degree or have been admitted to practice as a solicitor or barrister, and must also satisfy the academic requirements of the Rules as set out in Schedule 2 thereto by following appropriate courses of study or obtaining exemptions. The notarial practice module of the Rules is currently taught by University College London and examined by the Scriveners Company through its Examination in Advanced Notarial Law and Practice.

A general notary wishing to qualify as a scrivener notary must first give notice to the Clerk of the Company of this intention.   There are two parts to qualification as a scrivener notary.   The first is the entering into of a training agreement or supervision arrangement with a practising scrivener notary. The second is the sitting of examinations in:

  • notarial practice
  • the legal system of a foreign country
  • two foreign languages (translation and drafting skills).


The syllabus for each examination is set out in the schedules to the Scriveners (Qualifications) Rules. If you are interested in entering into a training agreement with a scrivener notary you will need to contact one or more of the firms of scrivener notaries operating in central London. Click here for further details.