Become a New Ohio Notary Public

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Would you like to become a traditional notary in Ohio? We have everything you need to get there. Follow these 5 easy steps.

Are you an attorney? Click here to learn about the attorney notary application process.

1. BCI background check*

For your convenience, we conduct BCI background checks by appointment and for class registrants during the hour before each notary class. This time is reserved for those registered to attend our classes and no additional appointment is necessary after class registration. The $40 fee is due at the time of service by credit or debit card only. Valid Ohio ID required. Class registrants will be processed on a first come first served basis beginning at 8:00am on each class date. Please select your class date below.

*NOTE: The Secretary of State will not accept BCI background check results dated more than 6 months before application submission.

2. Take the notary class and test

Complete a 3-hour notary class and pass the accompanying test. The class and test are available online or in-person at the Columbus Bar Association in Columbus, OH. The fee for the class and test is $130 paid at the time of class registration by debit or credit card only.

New Notary Online Education & Testing
3-hour notary class and test for new notaries. Select this option to complete the required education and testing online.
Upcoming In-Person Classes at the CBA:
Click a link below to register for the in-person class:

*Please note that in-person classes may be affected by COVID-19 community health guidelines. Attendees will be notified by email if classes are cancelled.

Saturday, October 17, 2020 • 9:00am-1:00pm
Saturday, November 21, 2020 • 9:00am-1:00pm
Saturday, December 19, 2020 • 9:00am-1:00pm


3. Complete the Secretary of State's application

Complete and submit a New Notary Application electronically to the Secretary of State’s office. That application must include your name, residential address, date of birth, BCI background check results, signature and evidence that you have successfully completed a 3-hour education course and passed the accompanying test through an authorized education and testing provider. A $15 application fee must be paid directly to the Secretary of State with a credit or debit card when the application is submitted.

4. Receive your commission in the mail

The Secretary of State will process your completed application and, if approved, it will issue your commission directly to you after you have affirmed your compliance with the rules. Your commission will expire 5 years from the date it was issued and your commission information will be posted on a public searchable database on the Secretary of State's website.

5. Order your notary stamp and supplies

The Columbus Bar Association has all the notary supplies you need, from stamps and embossers to nameplates and ink. Click here to order your notary supplies.

Still have questions? Please contact us at or (614) 340-2031.

Notary Public Frequently Asked Questions
From your background check and required education and testing to your stamps and supplies, the Columbus Bar Association is Ohio's Notary Public resource center.

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Phone: (614) 340-2031