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Frequently Asked Questions About Notaries

How do I find information on becoming a notary?

In Ohio the requirements to become a notary vary by county. The application may be found here, but you will be required to comply with the requirements set forth by your county to obtain a signature from a judge to accompany your application. Please click here to find the phone number for your county. Upon completion of the application it may be mailed to our office with a check for $15.00 to obtain your commission.

How do I renew my notary commission?

To renew your commission you follow a similar process as you did to obtain the commission.  Please check “renewal” on the application which may be found here and provide your commission number, expiration date and county in which you reside so that the proper commission is renewed.  You will need to reach out to the county for any additional requirements and the certificate from a judge.  Please ensure the renewal is submitted prior to the expiration of the commission to avoid a gap where you do not have an active commission in Ohio.

When is my commission valid?

After receiving your commission from the Secretary of State's office, you must record 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.

Can I notarize documents before I receive my commission?

No, your commission is not valid until you have received your commission from the Secretary of State and registered it with the Clerk of Court of Common Pleas of the county in which you reside. 

How can I change my name or address on my commission?

Click here to download an amendment form, and mail it to the address on the form (PDF).

There is no charge for an address change. A name change and/or a duplicate certificate has a $2 fee.