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Frequently Asked Questions About Notaries

How do I find information on becoming a notary?

In Ohio, all new notary commissions are handled through the counties. Each county has a slightly different process. You should contact the county in which you reside. Please click here to find the phone number for your county.

How do I renew my notary commission?

In Ohio, all notary renewals are handled through the counties. You should contact the county in which you reside. Each county has a slightly different process for renewals. Please click here to find the number for your county.

When is my commission valid?

After receiving your commission from the Secretary of State's office, you must record it with the Clerk of Court of Common Pleas of the county in which you reside, even if you work in a different county.  Once this process is complete, your commission is considered valid.

Can I notarize documents before I receive my commission?

No, your commission is not valid until you have received your commission from the Secretary of State and registered it with the Clerk of Court of Common Pleas of the county in which you reside. 

How can I change my name or address on my commission?

Click here to download an amendment form, and mail it to the address on the form (PDF).

There is no charge for an address change. A name change and/or a duplicate certificate has a $2 fee.