Ohio Notary Services provides two convenient options for the required education and testing. Attend an in-person session at a location near you from throughout the state of Ohio (Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo) or complete the education and testing online from your home or office. The choice is yours!
Select a Traditional Notary Education Option:
- Online Programs
- In-Person Programs
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.
Ohio notary laws changed in 2019, bringing new requirements and opportunities for Ohio notaries public. Ohio Notary Services is your one-stop destination for meeting all the new education and testing requirements to earn or renew your traditional notary commission. Once completing the steps necessary to become a notary public, you can start the process of earning your online notary commission through Ohio Notary Services. See the steps below to get started!
We've got you covered because of our unique partnership, we are the most experienced notary education provider in the state. Complete all your required training and testing online or in person at one of six convenient locations (Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo). You can renew existing commissions with us up to 90 days in advance.
Save yourself, your company and those seeking to have something notarized time and money with an online notary commission. The new Ohio law allows for the online notarization of documents by authorized online notaries public.
Ohio Notary Services is the Ohio Secretary of State’s sole authorized provider for training and testing to become an online notary.
Obtain a formal Bureau of Criminal Investigation records check (BCI) current within six months of application. Visit the Ohio Attorney General's website 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.
Create an account with Ohio Notary Services (ONS) and select whether you want to take an in-person class and test (if required) or if you wish to do both online. ONS offers in-person notary classes and testing in Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo.
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.
Visit the Ohio Secretary of State's website and select File Online to create an account and submit your application.
Return to the Ohio Notary Services website when you receive your notary commission to purchase all of your notary supplies.