State Information for Ohio

Ohio Notary Public Commission Requirements and Information

Appointing Officer
Secretary of State

Notary Commission Qualifications
Applicants must:
be at least 18 years old; and
be a resident of the state of Ohio; or
be a resident of another state who is an attorney admitted to practice law in the state of Ohio and has a primary practice in the state.

How to Apply
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the Ohio Secretary of State: http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/recordsIndexes/Notary/new.aspx

Term of Office
5 year term

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Not Required

Notary Bond Requirement
Not Required

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Not Required*
→Notaries are only required to keep and maintain a notarial recordbook when executing protests.

Notary Seal Requirement
Ink Stamp or Embossing Seal Required

Authorized Duties
take acknowledgments;
administer oaths and affirmations;
take affidavits;
take depositions; and
execute protests.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Ohio Secretary of State: http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/recordsIndexes/Notary/info.aspx


Contact Information for the State of Ohio

State Notary Website
http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/recordsIndexes/Notary.aspx

State of Ohio Online Notary Search
http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/recordsIndexes/Notary/Search.aspx

State of Ohio Online Notary Resources
http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/recordsIndexes/Notary/DosDonts.aspx

Phone Number
(614) 644-4559

Mailing Address
Ohio Secretary of State
Notary Commission Clerk
P.O. Box 1658
Columbus, OH 43216-1658


Apostille Certification Information

Fees
$5.00 per document

Phone Number
(614) 466-2655

Further Information
http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/recordsIndexes/authentication.aspx

This information was complied by the American Society of Notaries Copyright 2012
Last Updated NOVEMBER 2012

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