Notary Education & Testing

In 2019, Ohio revamped the notary laws and rolled out the Ohio Modernization Act to protect both the public and the notaries that serve them. As an authorized education and testing provider for the State of Ohio, the Butler County Bar Association is here to help qualified applicants navigate both the new and renewal process!

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New notary applicants are required to complete the following:

Renewal notary applicants are required to complete the following:

IMPORTANT!

Renewal applicants can submit their application to the Secretary of State within 3 months of their commission’s expiration. A renewal application, necessary documentation, and $15 fee must be submitted to the Secretary of State before your commission expires. Failure to do so will result in your commission lapsing and having to start over as a new notary applicant.

Ohio Licensed Attorneys:

To become an Ohio notary public, attorneys must successfully complete the 3-hour education course for $75.00.

Attorneys are exempt from the background check and the examination. Once completed, your commission does not expire and is valid for as long as you are in good standing and licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio.

FAQ’s and Helpful Links:

Ready to Get Started? Here is a step-by-step guide on the process.

New Commission Checklist:

  1. Verify that you meet all requirements to become an Ohio notary public.
  2. Obtain a BCI Background Check from a local provider and verify that you have no disqualifying offenses.
    • (For your convenience, Fast Fingerprints is onsite for all BCBA notary classes to conduct background checks for $40.00. You are welcome to utilize their services or you may obtain the background check on your own through an authorized provider)
  3. Register for an upcoming BCBA education and testing date.
  4. Attend the class and pay $130.00 fee at check-in.
  5. You will be notified via email within 48 hours if you have passed the exam. Applicants who pass, will be provided a Certificate of Completion and can move on to the next step. Applicants who fail the exam will be notified and are eligible to retake the class and exam 1 more time after 30 days at no charge.
  6. Once you have your Certificate of Completion and BCI Background Check results, you are ready to access the Secretary of State website to create an account and submit your application.
  7. Your Notarial Certificate will be emailed to you from the Secretary of State.
  8. Congratulations! You are now an Ohio Notary Public and you can you now purchase your stamp and supplies at any office supply store such as, Staples, Office Depot, MinuteMan Printing, etc.

Renewal Commission Checklist:

Be sure to start early to avoid your commission lapsing!

  1. Verify that you meet all requirements to become an Ohio notary public.
  2. Obtain a BCI Background Check from a local provider and verify that you have no disqualifying offenses.
    • (For your convenience, Fast Fingerprints is onsite for all BCBA notary classes to conduct background checks for $40.00. You are welcome to utilize their services or you may obtain the background check on your own through an authorized provider)
  3. Register for an upcoming BCBA education date
  4. Attend the class and pay $45.00 fee at check-in.
  5. You will receive your Certificate of Completion via email within 48 hours.
  6. Once you have your Certificate of Completion and BCI Background Check results, you are ready to access the Secretary of State website to create an account and submit your application.
  7. Your Notarial Certificate will be emailed to you from the Secretary of State.
  8. Congratulations! You are now an Ohio Notary Public and you can you now purchase your stamp and supplies.

Resources:

Have more questions about the notarization process? The Ohio Society of Notaries offers extensive knowledge, resources, and a free hotline to Ohio notaries!

Ohio Society of Notaries

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