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Notary Modernization Act

The Notary Modernization Act (SB 263 of the 132nd General Assembly) takes effect on September 20, 2019 and significantly changes the process to obtain a notary public commission as well as permits electronic and online notarizations in Ohio. Additionally, the law centralizes the notary commission application process and creates uniform education and testing requirements.

Applications/Education

New applicants for notary commissions will be required to obtain a criminal records check, current within six months of application. If the report shows no disqualifying offenses, then the applicant may proceed to an authorized education and testing provider for a three-hour class and pass a test. (If the applicant is an attorney licensed in Ohio, then the criminal records check and a test are not required.)

Following the successful completion of the education program, the applicant will file an application electronically with our office.

Renewal Applications

Renewal applications will require an updated criminal records report (current within six months of renewal) and successful completion of a one hour continuing education class.

Online Notarizations

A notary public may apply to be authorized to perform online notarizations. This application will require a two hour class and passing a test. Applicants must also submit additional information regarding the type of technology to be used to perform online notarizations. Additional information will appear on this site in September.

General Information About Notary Commissions

The Ohio Notary Public Commission maintains records of all commissioned notaries in Ohio. Here you can find information on the duties and requirements of notaries in Ohio, as well as guidelines for newly commissioned notaries public. The office cannot provide legal advice or opinions about how a notary public performs his or her duties. If you have questions about actions by a notary public you must consult with an attorney.

The commission offers an information search for notaries. This search offers details about all commissioned notaries public in the state of Ohio.

Note:  The Notary Commission does not issue or handle apostilles.  For Document Authentication information, click here.

To contact the Ohio Notary Commission:
Telephone: (614) 644-4559 
Click here to e-mail the Ohio Notary Commission

Mailing Address:Office Location for Walk-ins:

Notary Commission Clerk
Ohio Secretary of State
P.O. Box 1658
Columbus, OH 43216-1658

Ohio Secretary of State
180 E. Broad St., Suite 103
Columbus, OH 43215