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
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.