Renew Your Ohio Notary Commission

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To renew your Ohio notary commission, follow the steps outlined below beginning 90 days prior to your expiration:

Has your commission already expired? Under the Notary Modernization Act, once your commission has expired you are treated as a new applicant and must follow the New Notary Application requirements.

1. Get a background check

Obtain a BCI background check within 6 months of submitting your renewal application. For your convenience, the CBA offers BCI Background Check services (for a fee of $35) to the general public by appointment and before all of our in-person notary classes for class attendees at our office in Columbus, OH. Find out more here.

2. Take the notary class

Within 90 days of your commission expiration date, you must successfully complete a 1-hour notary continuing education class. The class is available in person at the Columbus Bar Association in Columbus, OH and online beginning in January 2020. The fee for the class is $45 paid directly to the CBA and includes the class and the completion certificate.

Upcoming Classes at the CBA:
This class will be offered every Wednesday from 10:00-11:00am at the CBA. Click the links below to register online:

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 • 10-11am
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 • 10-11am
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 • 10-11am
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 • 10-11am
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 • 10-11am
No class on Wednesday, November 27
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 • 10-11am
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 • 10-11am
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 • 10-11am
No class on Wednesday, December 25

3. Complete the Secretary of State's application

Complete and submit a Renewal Application electronically to the Secretary of State’s office. That application must include your name, residential address, date of birth, BCI background check, signature and evidence that you have successfully completed a 1-hour notary continuing education course through an authorized education 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 renewal 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
You may begin taking the course to renew your commission no sooner than 90 days prior to your commission expiration date. You may get your required background check no earlier than 6 months before submitting your renewal application.

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Phone: (614) 340-2031