Notary Public Information

The CBA is the official provider of Notary Public services in Franklin County, Ohio. We provide and process notary applications and exams, offer notary training seminars, sell stamps and supplies, and answer questions about becoming a Notary Public.

What is a Notary Public?

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 Franklin County, Ohio unless he or she is 18 years of age or over and is a county resident.

Apply for a Notary Commission

Residents of Franklin County, Ohio may apply for a notary commission through the Columbus Bar Association. Download and complete the appropriate application, have it notarized, and return it to the Columbus Bar Notary Department, with payment.

New Notary Application   Notary Renewal Application   Attorney Notary Application

Stamps & Supplies

The CBA provides quality notary supplies (stamps, seals, embossers, stamp pads, etc.) through our approved vendor. Click here to order stamps and supplies.

Notary Seminars

The Columbus Bar provides Notary Public seminars in our offices once per month on Saturday mornings. An online version of the notary seminar is also available anytime. Click here for topics, speaker and registration information.

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. Please click here for more information.

Contact Us

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

Ohio Notary Law: Changing Sept. 20!

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 which will go into effect Sept. 20, 2019. Click here for details.