The ONLY entity providing the education and training to be a traditional Ohio Notary Public and an Ohio Online Notary Public.
Ohio Notary Services provides two convenient options for the required education and testing. The choice is yours!
- Attend an in-person session at a location near you (Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo)
- Complete the education and testing online from your home or office.
Select a Traditional Notary Education Option:
Please note: Failure to pass the required test automatically triggers a State-mandated 30-day waiting period before the applicant can apply to retake the exam. Ohio Notary Services is prohibited from waiving this legal requirement. Should an applicant fail the exam a second time, the applicant must re-start the process with a new application including fee.
Notary Law Checklist (details below)
Obtain a formal Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) background check
Visit www.becomeanohionotary.com. Select an in-person class and test (if required) or choose to do both online.
Attend the class and pass the test (if required.) Ohio Notary Services will provide you with a certificate for submission to the Secretary of State.
Return to www.becomeanohionotary.com to purchase your notary supplies. Free standard shipping on all notary bundles! (Use the code “FREE”)
You can renew existing commissions with us up to 90 days in advance…just don’t miss your expiration date or the law requires you to start over as a new notary!
Become an Online Notary
Once you are commissioned as a Traditional Notary Public you can become and Ohio Online Notary too! Ohio law allows for the online notarization of documents by authorized online notaries public. Save yourself, your company and those seeking to have something notarized time and money with this new designation.
Ohio Notary Services is the Ohio Secretary of State’s sole authorized provider for training and testing to become an online notary.
Notary Law Checklist (full)
Obtain a formal Bureau of Criminal Investigation records check (BCI) current within six months of application. Visit https://bit.ly/2kH0pfn for information on obtaining the records check. If the records check does not contain disqualifying offenses, then the applicant may proceed to the next step. Use BCI Code: 147.22
Visit www.becomeanohionotary.com. Create an account and select whether you want to take an in-person class and test (if required) or if you wish to do both online.
Attend the class or watch the online video and take the test (if required.) Upon verifying successful completion of both Ohio Notary Services will provide you with a certificate for submission to the Secretary of State.
Return to www.becomeanohionotary.com when you receive your notary commission to purchase all of your notary supplies. Now, free standard shipping on all notary bundles! (Use the code “FREE”)