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Here, you can learn how to become a notary, how to renew your notary commission, and where to find educational opportunities for notaries public.

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Notary Education
Become a Notary in Ohio
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Begin Notary Public 101

In most states, becoming a notary public involves meeting a number of requirements. Generally, you must be 18 years of age, not have a serious criminal history, and successfully complete an application process. In some states, the notary application process will require notary education (ranging from a simple online course to a notary class and competency exam) and a background check, as well as the purchase of a surety bond. A more thorough explanation for your state is described below.


Become an Ohio notary public with Notary Rotary, Inc.


To qualify for a commission as a non-attorney notary, a person must be:

  • An Ohio resident
  • 18 years of age or older
  • 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 Appointment:

The term of office for a non-attorney notary public is five (5) years from the date of his or her commission, unless resigned or revoked sooner.   

An attorney admitted to the practice of law in this state by the Ohio Supreme Court shall hold office as a notary public as long as the attorney is a resident of this state or has the attorney's principal place of business or primary practice in this state, the attorney is in good standing before the Ohio Supreme Court, and the commission is not revoked.

Step 1:  Contact the county in which you reside

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. Please click here to find the phone number for your county.

Step 2:  Receive your commission and register it with the Clerk of Court

After receiving your commission from the Secretary of State's office, you must register it with the Clerk of Court of Common Pleas of the county in which you reside, even if you work in a different county.  Once this process is complete, your commission is considered valid.

Step 3: Order your notary supplies from Notary Rotary

Before entering upon the discharge of the duties of office, a notary public must obtain a seal of notary public.  You may elect to use either an embossing seal, the type that produces a raised impression on paper, or an ink stamp seal. The Ohio notary stamp and the Ohio embossing seal available from Notary Rotary meet all requirements for use by Ohio notaries public.

A notary public must also maintain an official register in which shall be recorded a copy of every certificate of protest and copy of note, which seal and record shall be exempt from execution. Notary Rotary carries an exceptional Ohio notary journal.

When you are ready to order your supplies please visit the online store by clicking the following link: Ohio Notary Supplies.  Enter the store to view the entire catalogue of products available for Ohio notaries. Follow the onscreen instructions through the order process and your order will ship as soon as we are able to process it, usually within 2-3 days.

Once you receive your seal and supplies you will be ready to begin your duties as a notary public for the State of Ohio.


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