State Information for Ohio

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Ohio Notary Requirements and Information

Ohio Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be a legal resident of Ohio or an attorney admitted to the practice of law in Ohio, and has his or her primary practice in Ohio;
• not be disqualified to receive a commission by having been convicted of or pleaded guilty or no contest to a disqualifying offense.

How to Apply to Become an Ohio Notary
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the Ohio Office of the Secretary State:

Appointing Officer
Secretary of State.

Term of Office
5 year term.

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Education and exam required, new and renewing Notary commission applicants. Ohio attorneys seeking a Notary commission are exempt from the exam requirement but not the education requirement. Additional education and exam required, Online Notary Public authorization applicants. Continuing education required, Online Notaries Public.

Notary Bond Requirement
Not required.

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Electronic recordbook (journal) required for use by an Online Notary Public. Online Notary shall maintain one or more electronic journals in which the Online Notary chronologically records all online notarizations performed. Online Notary must maintain a separate electronic journal for each renewed term of the Notary’s authorization to notarize electronically, with entries beginning on the date the renewed authorization is effective. Online Notary must create and maintain a complete recording of the audio-video communication that is the basis for identifying the principal in a remote online notarization.

Notary Seal Requirement
• Ink stamp or embossing seal required, paper notarial acts.
• Electronic seal required/specified, electronic notarial acts.

Authorized Duties
• Take and certify acknowledgments and proofs;
• administer oaths and affirmations;
• execute a jurat;
• take and certify depositions.
• An Ohio Online Notary Public may notarize for a remotely located individual, using communication technology and subject to requirements and limitations in statutes and any administrative rules.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Ohio Secretary of State:

Contact Information for the State of Ohio

State of Ohio Notary Website

State of Ohio Notary Information and FAQs

State of Ohio Online Notary Search

Phone Number
(614) 644-4559

Mailing Address
Ohio Secretary of State Notary Commission
22 N Fourth St
Columbus, OH 43215

Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(877) 767-3453

Further Information

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