To become a Maltese Notary one must first have completed the prescribed university course according to Law. Following this, one must register as a Trainee for a period of at least one year with a Notary who has practiced for at least ten years and approved by Council. After this traineeship period, one would be eligible to sit for the Notarial Warrant Examination held in March of every year.

The start of the traineeship period must be approved beforehand by the Notarial Council.The Notary with whom the traineeship is being undertaken shall inform the Council in writing of such commencement of traineeship and shall indicate:
  1. the candidate's name and surname
  2. the candidate's address
  3. the candidate's identity card
  4. and confirm that the candidate has completed the prescribed course according to law
This process is done electronically through this website.

Trainees are required to register here. An electronic notification will be sent via email to the Trainee as soon as the verification and authentication process is completed by the site's administrators and the Notarial Council. The Trainees are then to log on to the Trainee Section of this website and select the Notary with whom traineeship is being undertaken, from the list of available traineeships. A notification will be sent electronically to the Notary, who is to confirm the commencement of the traineeship period and a formal application sent electronically to the Notarial Council for approval, through this website. Once approved by the Council, the Trainee will be sent another automatic electronic notification, and the official period of traineeship shall commence from such date of notification.

The Notarial Council reserves the right to not approve the said practice if it has reservations about the particular notary giving it, without giving any reason.

Prior to March of every year, the prospective candidate is to write to the Minister responsible for Notarial Affairs and to the Chief Notary to Government to ask to sit for the Notarial Warrant Examination. Details about the procedure to be followed in order to register for the taking of the Notarial Warrant Examination can be found here