Notary Public Information

The Columbus Bar Association has been processing notary applications for over 60 years, and will continue as an authorized education and testing provider for traditional notaries under the Ohio Notary Modernization Act. The CBA offers 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 your Notary Public resource center.

Apply for a Notary Commission

The Columbus Bar Association is no longer accepting new notary applications/renewal applications or conducting any notary testing under the old law. The Ohio Notary Modernization Act is effective September 20, 2019. On that date, our notary department will reopen to the public to offer the required education and testing to become an Ohio Notary. Please visit our NEW Frequently Asked Questions page covering questions about the notary process under the new law for additional details.

Note: Applicants under the old law that submitted an application but did not successfully complete their testing before the cutoff will be required to reapply under the new education and testing requirements.

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 will be providing the required education courses under the Ohio Notary Modernization Act as an authorized education provider. Registration for these courses will open on September 20, 2019 when the new law takes effect. Check back for additional details on the 20th!

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.

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).