image Become an Ohio Notary & Earn Your Traditional Notary Commission: Ohio Notary ServicesBecome an Ohio Notary & Earn Your Traditional Notary Commission: Ohio Notary Services

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Posted by: C Allen Nichols on Apr 8, 2020

Online notarization in Ohio was legalized in September 2019 and shortly thereafter, a partnership of statewide bar associations formed Ohio Notary Services (ONS) in order to provide high quality education and testing for new online notaries. The ability to have a document notarized online simplifies the entire process for notaries and clients alike. Aside from allowing notaries and clients to maintain social distance during times of pandemic, the benefits of being an online notary include the ability to:

  • Provide a welcome service to clients who simply are not able to make it to an office;

  • Be confident about the identity of the person seeking your services through advanced security safeguards that are required by law;

  • “Go green” with digital-only copies of the documents being notarized;

  • Offer clients a video recording of the entire notarization process;

  • Receive the state maximum fee of $25.00 per notarization.

Before taking the leap to become an online notary, candidates need to take into consideration several important factors:

  • The most critical step before beginning your application with the Ohio Secretary of State is to research and secure a technology vendor that will meet your notarization needs. There are many vendors in the marketplace. As Ohio’s online education and testing provider, ONS does not recommend any particular vendor.

  • Know that your clients must also be able to access the internet.

  • Be aware of the state-mandated fee for education and testing: $250.

  • Don’t begin the education until you are certain you have the time to closely watch the educational video. The two-hour training video is required by statute and was approved by the Secretary of State’s office. Pay close attention to the information provided and take notes. You may not be familiar with the information covered under the new law. Recent evidence shows that people who multitask while watching the educational video, do not pass the required test.

  • If you fail the exam, statute requires a 30-day waiting period before you can make a second attempt. ONS cannot waive the 30-day waiting period.

ONS believes that online notary classes are the way of the future and if nothing else, our current pandemic life indicates that there is a need for the service. To meet your education requirements as you add online notarizations to the skills you can offer your clients, visit becomeanohionotary.com.

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