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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: https://www.sos.state.oh.us/notary/new-commissions-commission-renewals/

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: https://www.sos.state.oh.us/notary/amending-notary-information/


Contact Information for the State of Ohio

State Notary Website
https://www.sos.state.oh.us/notary/

State of Ohio Online Notary Search
https://www.sos.state.oh.us/notary/search-notaries/

State of Ohio Notary FAQ's
https://www.sos.state.oh.us/notary/frequently-asked-questions-about-notaries/

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

Phone Number
(614) 466-2655

Further Information
https://www.sos.state.oh.us/records/apostilles-certifications/

This information was complied by the American Society of Notaries Copyright 2017
Last Updated AUGUST 2017

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