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Becoming a Notary Public has never been easier. All of your State's Contact Information is listed for your reference and review. Scroll down and you will find your State's Qualifications and easy to follow Application Procedures.

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Because the qualifications and requirements are different for each state, use the "Select another State" menu above for information specific to becoming a Notary Public in that State.

Contact Information:

State Contact: Office of the Secretary of State
Appointing Authority: Secretary of State

Contact:
Ohio Secretary of State
180 E. Broad Street, Suite 103
Columbus, OH 43215

Postal Address:
Notary Commission Clerk
Ohio Secretary of State
PO Box 1658
Columbus, OH 43216-1658

Telephone: 614-644-4559
Fax: 614-644-8820
E-Mail: http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/recordsIndexes/ContactUs_Records.aspx
Website: http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/recordsIndexes/Notary.aspx

Qualifications

Applicants for the office of notary public must meet the following criteria:
To qualify for a commission as a non-attorney notary, a person must be:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • An Ohio resident
  • Certified by a Judge of an Ohio court of appeals or common pleas as being capable of performing the duties of a notary public; the Judge may require applicants to take an examination
To qualify for a commission as an attorney notary public, a person must be:
  • 18 years of age or older
  • An Ohio resident who is an attorney admitted to the practice of law in this state
  • An attorney who is not an Ohio resident, but who is admitted to the practice of law in, and whose principal place of business or primary practice is in Ohio

Term of Office
5 years Notary Public - Non-attorney
Lifetime Notary Public - Attorney

Appointment
Governor

Notary Education
Recommended - not required (some counties require education)

Notary Exam
Some counties require an exam

Study Course
"Notary Public Education Course"
FREE when you purchase a Notary Supply Package at The Notary's Store

Bond
Not required by state law

Seal of Office
Rubber Stamp Seal Round with reproducible ink required by state law, or Embossing Seal

Notary Journal
Required by state law

E & O insurance
Not required - Errors and Omissions Insurance recommended for notary protection


Application Procedures

Step 1: Acquire a Certificate of Qualifications and the Application to become an Ohio Notary Public

New Commissions and Renewals

In Ohio, all new notary commissions are handled through the counties. Each county has a slightly different process. You should contact the county in which you reside. Click here for your county information

A Certificate of Qualifications is a document attesting that the applicant has the qualifications necessary to properly discharge the duties of a notary public. Ohio law requires that a Judge of an Ohio court of appeals or common pleas must certify anyone who wants to be commissioned as a notary public. Many Judges have adopted application procedures involving the Clerk of the court or local bar association. Therefore, you should contact the Clerk of court for the court of appeals or common pleas of the county in which you reside or the local bar association. This certificate must be provided to the Notary Commission Clerk in the Ohio Secretary of State's office. You should also contact your local Clerk of Common Pleas court or the local bar association to request the application. Complete the applications according to the instructions provided and follow all instructions provided by those you are in contact with regarding where your application needs to be sent.

New and Renewing Notary Packages
New and Renewing Notary Packages
Renewing Notary Packages do not come with a notary journal

Step 2: Order your supplies from The Notary's Store

Please visit The Notary's Store, you will be entering the Ohio section for your official notary supplies. We offer a New Notary Supply Package and a Renewing Notary Supply Package which include your required Ohio Notary Seal/Stamp Round and Ohio Notary Journal, and other needed notary supplies at a special reduced price. To order, enter the required information and scroll down through the page to locate the notary packages, or you can purchase your notary supplies separately. Follow the instructions through checkout. Once you have your official seal and journal you are ready to perform notarial acts.

Note: An Errors and Omissions Insurance Policy is not required by law, but may be purchased as it protects the notary public and pays for any charges the notary might owe for legal fees and costs should the notary be sued.


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