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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 InformationDescription of Services

Butler County Bar Association

315 Maple Avenue
Hamilton, Ohio 45011
Phone Number: 513.896.6671
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.butlercountybar.org

In person education/testing in Butler County

Clermont County Notary Commission

270 E. Main Street, RM A201,
Batavia, Ohio 45103.  
Phone number: 513.732.7359  
Email:   [email protected]  
Website :  /www.clermontlawlibrary.com/notaries/

In person education/testing in Clermont County

Columbus Bar Association

175 S. Third Street, Suite 1100
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone number: 614.221.4112
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.cbalaw.org/notary

In person education/testing in Franklin County

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

In person education/testing in Lake County

Mahoning County Bar Association

114 E. Front St. #100
Youngstown, OH 44503
Phone number: 330.746.2933
Email: [email protected]

 

In person education/testing in Mahoning County

National Notary Association

Phone number: 800.876.6827
Website: www.nationalnotary.org

Online education/testing

Ohio Notary Institute Phone number: 614.336.7878
Email: [email protected]
In person education/testing services in Central Ohio

Ohio Notary Services, LLC

57 South Broadway – Second Floor
Akron, OH 44308
Phone Number: 330.436.0118
Website: www.becomeanohionotary.com

Online education/testing
and
In person education/testing in Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Lucas, Montgomery and Summit Counties

Stark County Bar Association

400 Courtyard Centre Building
116 Cleveland Avenue NW
Suite 400
Canton, Ohio 44702
Phone Number: 330.453.0685
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.StarkCtyBar.com

Online education/testing and In person education/testing
Tuscarawas County Law Library

125 East High Avenue
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
Phone Number:  330.365.3224
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.co.tuscarawas.oh.us/LawLibrary.htm

In person education/testing in Tuscarawas County

Warren County Law Library

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

In person education/testing in Warren County

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
Phone Number: 330.436.0118
Website: www.becomeanohionotary.com

Online education/testing
and
In person education/testing in Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Lucas, Montgomery and Summit Counties