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 Jun 4, 2021

The Ohio Secretary of State has provided a User Guide to assist applying notaries attempting to navigate the application process on the SoS site.  Please visit this link: to download it. As a reminder, the link to the Secretary of State is:

Here are some other helpful hints:

Once you have completed your education, passed your test (if required) and obtained your BCI background check report (if required) you must visit the Ohio Secretary of State’s Notary site to complete your notary application.  Visit and click on the FILE NOTARY COMMISSION APPLICATIONS AND UPDATES. Follow the steps at that site.

This is also the place where you will update the Secretary of State with changes in your name or find your commission number.

Posted by: C Allen Nichols on Feb 3, 2021

How to Create a Profile as an Existing Notary:

Go to:

Click:  “Create a User Account”

Click:  “Create User Account”

See full post for more information.

Posted by: C Allen Nichols on Feb 1, 2021

How to Renew a Notary Commission

A notary commission must be renewed during the three month window leading up to the expiration date of the commission.  If the commission has expired, then a renewal is not permitted and instead a new notary commission application is required.

Posted by: C Allen Nichols on Jul 1, 2020

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. 

Posted by: C Allen Nichols on May 5, 2020

Ohio law requires notaries to update...

Posted by: C Allen Nichols on Apr 29, 2020

Ohio's non-attorney notary commissions expire after ...

Posted by: C Allen Nichols on Apr 28, 2020

Good to Know! - All applications for new Ohio notary commissions, renewal applications...

Posted by: C Allen Nichols on Apr 22, 2020

Attorneys applying to become a Traditional Ohio Notary Public ...

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