Ohio: Become A Notary: Ohio Notaries are commissioned by the Secretary of State but each county in Ohio has a slightly different process. An application fee is required.

Ohio Requirements:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older
  • You must be an Ohio resident
  • Or if you are not an Ohio resident, you must be an attorney admitted to the practice of law in this state and have your principal place of business or primary practice in Ohio

You must provide a certificate from a judge of an Ohio court of common pleas, court of appeals, or supreme court that contains the following:

  • A statement that the applicant is of good moral character;
  • If the applicant is not an attorney admitted to the practice of law in this state, a statement that the applicant is a resident of the Ohio county in which the applicant resides;
  • If the applicant is an attorney admitted to the practice of law in this state, a statement certifying that fact and that the applicant is possessed of sufficient qualifications and ability to discharge the duties of the office of notary public

Requirements to become a Notary Public in Ohio are subject to change. Visit the Ohio Notary Public page for details and updates on becoming a notary in Ohio. Additional requirements may apply.