The Columbus Bar is the official provider of Notary Public services in Franklin County. Last year, more than 4,000 people became Notaries via the CBA Notary Registration Service. We provide and process notary applications, testing, seminars, and answer frequently asked questions about becoming 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.
Please see our Frequently Asked Questions about being a Notary Public. If you still have questions, our updated Notary Handbook is available, providing January 2008 updated rules and mandated Notary Public processes. Download a printable order form for the Notary Handbook. Cost is $10.63 (includes tax). Shipping is free!
To change the name or address on your notary commission, you must submit a Change of Name/Address form to the Ohio Secretary of State. Click here to download the form.
Expert training for sharper notary skills. The Columbus Bar provides Notary Public Seminars in our offices and online. Click for a current Notary Examination Schedule or more information about our Notary Seminars.
The Secretary of State provides a searchable database of Ohio notaries, including names, dates of commission and expiration, addresses, counties of residence and commission numbers. All inactive and active notaries registered with the Notary Commission are contained within this database. Database of Notary Records with the Ohio Secretary of State.
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. Notary Public Errors and Omissions Insurance
If you would like to speak with our Notary Administrator, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30am - 5:00pm at 614/340.2031.