C Allen Nichols
on Jul 1, 2020
MAJOR CHANGES IN THE WORLD OF NOTARIES PUBLIC
By Fredric L. Young, Green & Green Lawyers
Dayton Bar Association Co-Chair Judges Section on Notaries Public
(This article first appeared in the Dayton Bar Briefs Magazine in September 2019. Thanks to the Dayton Bar Association and Frederic L. Young for permission to repost!)
Notaries public are an important part of our legal system. They play a critical role in depositions, presentation of affidavits, transfers of property, financial documentation, and the list goes on. The processes for obtaining and monitoring commissions for notaries public in Ohio have been largely unchanged for decades, but those processes often differed county by county, until S.B. 263 (also identified as the Notary Public Modernization Act) was signed by Governor John Kasich on December 18, 2018. The commissioning process has been centralized, notaries public face more stringent reporting requirements, and a new concept, online notarization, is now permitted.