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(SB 263 of the 132nd General Assembly)

Ohio’s New Notary Law Legislation was passed in 2018 changing how to become a Notary Public in Ohio. The Secretary of State’s Office is currently developing rules and systems to implement the new law beginning September 20, 2019. The new law will provide significant changes and strive to streamline the process and create statewide consistency.

To ensure legislative compliance, as of August 9, 2019, the BCBA office will no longer accept new notary applications

The BCBA office must receive notary renewal applications by August 30, 2019
(NOTE: Commission renewals will only be accepted within 90 days of the expiration date)

Notary Applicant Changes

Under the new law, all new notary applicants will be required to take a class, pass a test, and obtain a BCI criminal background check before being granted a commission from the Secretary of State. Those who will be renewing their notary commissions after September 20th, will also have a continuing education requirement as well as a BCI criminal background check every five years. If your commission expires, you are required to follow the new notary application guidelines.

Attorney Notary Changes

Under the new law, lawyers will continue to have a lifetime commission, assuming they remain in good standing with the Supreme Court of Ohio. Attorneys will not be required to obtain a background check, but they will be required to take a class before obtaining their notary commission.



Study MANUAL 1 and MANUAL 2 found at the bottom of this page. You will be required to take a 25-question objective test over material contained in the pamphlet. A score of 72% is required to pass. If you fail the test, you must wait 30 days to retake at a cost of $5.00.

When you feel that you are ready to take the Notary test, please call (513)896-6671 for an appointment. Tests are administered Monday thru Thursday between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM by appointment only. At the time you take the examination, please bring with you:

  1. $55.00 cash or a check or money order payable to: Butler County Bar Association
  2. The application and affidavit (printable copies found at the bottom of this page) Both forms MUST be completed and notarized BEFORE your appointment.It is your responsibility to ensure the forms are legible.
  3. You must provide a valid driver’s license or state i.d. and a recent bill or paystub with your name and current address clearly imprinted.

You will be taking the test at the Butler County Bar Association office located at 315 Maple Avenue; Hamilton, Ohio 45011. The test usually takes about 1/2 hour to complete and meter parking is available in front of our office.


Print and complete the application and affidavit found at the bottom of this page, have your signature notarized on both forms , and return them to The Butler County Bar Association; 315 Maple Avenue, Hamilton, Ohio 45011. It is your responsibility to ensure the forms are legible.

Also, enclose your check or money order for $40.00 made out to: Butler County Bar Association. We will process your application, obtain the necessary judicial signature on the state application, and return it to you with further instructions.


Please note: The entire process may take five to six weeks.
At a later date you will be instructed to pay an additional fee of $15.00 to obtain your commission certificate from the Ohio Secretary of State and a $5.00 fee to record your commission at the Clerk of Courts office.

If you have any questions, please call the BCBA office at (513)896-6671.