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Notary Modernization Act

Senate Bill 263 took effect on March 20, 2019 giving our office the authority to draft administrative rules and to implement a new notary process which will take effect in Ohio on September 20, 2019.  Until that time, applicants will continue to work with the county in which they reside to obtain a new notary commission or to renew their current commission. 

General Information About Notary Commissions

The Ohio Notary Public Commission maintains records of all commissioned notaries in Ohio. Here you can find information on the duties and requirements of notaries in Ohio, as well as guidelines for newly commissioned notaries public. The office cannot provide legal advice or opinions about how a notary public performs his or her duties. If you have questions about actions by a notary public you must consult with an attorney.

The commission offers an information search for notaries. This search offers details about all commissioned notaries public in the state of Ohio.

Note:  The Notary Commission does not issue or handle apostilles.  For Document Authentication information, click here.

To contact the Ohio Notary Commission:
Telephone: (614) 644-4559 
Click here to e-mail the Ohio Notary Commission

Mailing Address:Office Location for Walk-ins:

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

Ohio Secretary of State
180 E. Broad St., Suite 103
Columbus, OH 43215