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Education and Testing Information and Authorized Providers

Applications for notary public commissions, renewals, online authorizations and online authorization renewals require education and/or testing.  The Secretary of State has approved the authorized providers listed below to administer the education program and test, when required. Applicants must directly contact and pay the required fee to the authorized provider for the education and/or testing required (see chart below for details). The authorized provider will provide a certification upon the completion of the required education and testing which the applicant must submit with the application to the Secretary of State.

Note: Non-attorneys are required to submit a criminal records check when applying for a commission or a renewal.  Applicants should obtain the criminal records check prior to completing the education and test to ensure there are no reports of a disqualifying offense, which would prohibit the applicant from obtaining or renewing a commission.  Fees paid to the authorized provider are non-refundable even if the commission or renewal application is rejected by the Secretary of State.

Education and Testing Requirements and Fees

Filing Type Fee paid directly to the Authorized Provider  Education Hours RequiredTest Requirement

Non-attorney Initial Application

$130

3

Yes

Attorney Initial Application

$75

3

No

Non-attorney Renewal

$45

1

No

Online authorization application for non-attorney and attorney notary public

$250

2

Yes

Online authorization renewal for non-attorney and attorney notary public

$160

1

No

Authorized Education and Testing Providers

THE FOLLOWING PROVIDERS OFFER THE EDUCATION AND TESTING PROGRAM REQUIRED TO OBTAIN YOUR NOTARY COMMISSION OR TO RENEW YOUR COMMISSION

Authorized ProvidersContact Information

Clermont County Notary Commission

270 E. Main Street,  RM A201,
Batavia, Ohio 45103.  
Phone number : 513-732-7359.   
Email:   [email protected]  
Website :  https://www.clermontlawlibrary.com/notaries/

Columbus Bar Association 175 S. Third Street, Suite 1100
Columbus, OH 43215
614.221.4112
www.cbalaw.org
Lake County Bar Association Courthouse West Annex
25 North Park Place
Painesville, OH  44077
Phone number: 440.350.2180
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.lakecountyohiobar.com
Mahoning County Bar Association 114 E. Front St. #100
Youngstown, OH 44503
Phone number: 330.746.2933

National Notary Association

800.876.6827
www.nationalnotary.org

Ohio Notary Services, LLC

57 South Broadway – Second Floor
Akron, OH 44308
Serving Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Lucas, Montgomery, and Summit Counties
www.becomeanohionotary.com

Warren County Law Library

Warren County Law Library
500 Justice Drive
Lebanon, OH 45036
513.695.1381 (Law Library)
www.co.warren.oh.us

THE FOLLOWING PROVIDER OFFERS THE EDUCATION AND TESTING PROGRAM REQUIRED TO OBTAIN YOUR AUTHORIZATION TO PERFORM ONLINE NOTARIZATIONS OR TO RENEW YOUR AUTHORIZATION FOR ONLINE NOTARIZATIONS

Ohio Notary Services, LLC

57 South Broadway – Second Floor
Akron, OH 44308
Serving Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Lucas, Montgomery, and Summit Counties
www.becomeanohionotary.com