Become an Ohio Notary Public

The Columbus Bar Association has been processing notary applications for over 60 years and is an authorized education and testing provider for traditional notaries under the Ohio Notary Public Modernization Act. The CBA provides notary education and testing to the entire state of Ohio as of Sept. 20, 2019.

As always, we are here to assist with all your notary needs – from your background check and required education and testing to your stamps and supplies – We are Ohio’s Notary Public resource center.

Apply for a Notary Commission

As your Ohio Notary Resource Center, we have everything you need to prepare your application for the Ohio Secretary of State.

Select your application type to get started:


Stamps & Supplies

The CBA provides quality notary supplies (stamps, seals, embossers, stamp pads, etc.) through our approved vendor. Please wait to order your stamp until you have completed your application with the Secretary of State and received your commission number. Click here to order stamps and supplies.

Notary Errors & Omissions Insurance

Notary Errors and Omissions (E&O) Insurance is essentially "liability" coverage designed to protect your personal and professional assets in the event you make a mistake as a Notary that causes your client to suffer financial loss. The Columbus Bar provides E&O insurance through respected insurer RLI. Click here for more information.

Contact Us

If you would like to speak with our Notary Administrator, you may email [email protected], or call our office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30am and 5:00pm at (614) 340-2031.

Notary Public Frequently Asked Questions
A Notary Public is a public officer appointed under authority of state law with power to administer oaths, certify affidavits and take acknowledgments.

No person may be appointed to public office as a Notary Public in Ohio unless he or she is 18 years of age or over and an Ohio resident (or a nonresident attorney who is licensed to practice law in Ohio and has a principal office in Ohio).