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How Do I Become a Notary Public in Ohio?

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Ohio notaries public are appointed by the Ohio Secretary of State for a term of five years. You must meet the basic eligibility requirements, such as being a legal resident or an attorney practicing law in Ohio to qualify for the position.

Eligibility and Applying

Notaries in Ohio must be at least 18 years of age and a legal resident of Ohio. Non-resident attorneys practicing law in Ohio may also become notaries.

Contact the Clerk of the County Court of Common Pleas in your home county to apply. Ensure that your ID, preferably your driver's license or passport, is current before you go to the Clerk's office to begin your application.

Each Ohio county has its own rules and fee schedule for notaries public. For example, at the time of publication, In Medina County applicants are required to pay a $45 fee and take a written exam. Applicants in Cuyahoga County pay a $70 fee and must take both an oral and written exam.

After Receiving Your Commission

  • Purchase a notary record book and a notary seal or embosser before you begin to perform notarial acts.

  • Notify the notary public commission authority in your home county and the Ohio Secretary of State in writing if your name or address changes.

  • Stay current on Ohio notary public laws.

  • Follow your county's commission rules to renew your notary commission at the end of your five-year term.