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Criminal Records Check and Disqualifying Offenses

Obtaining a Criminal Records Check

A non-attorney must file an Ohio criminal records check (BCI Report), no more than six months old, with an application for a new notary commission or when renewing a notary commission.

To obtain an Ohio criminal records check report, an applicant must complete a form and complete a fingerprint impression sheet at an authorized agent of the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. Click here for a link to the authorized agents from the Ohio Attorney General's Office (opens in a new window). The BCI report must list 147 022 as the reason code which will ensure the proper search is being conducted and instructs the Webcheck location/BCI to provide the report directly to the applicant. *Note: It may take up to 40 days to receive the BCI report.

Upon receipt, the applicant must upload the criminal records check report to the Secretary of State’s online filing system when filing a notary application.

Disqualifying Offenses

To be qualified to be commissioned as a notary public, a person must not have been convicted of, pleaded guilty or no contest to a disqualifying offense as determined in accordance with section 9.79 of the Revised Code.

Further, a commissioned notary public must inform the secretary of state of being convicted of or pleading guilty or no contest to a crime of moral turpitude as defined in section 4776.10 of the Revised Code, a violation of a provision of Chapter 2913 of the Revised Code, or any offense substantially equivalent to such a disqualifying offense during the term of the notary’s commission. The secretary of state must revoke the commission of any person who is convicted of or pleads guilty or no contest to a disqualifying offense, including an attorney notary public.

Click here for the List of Disqualifying Offenses (PDF).