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RENEW Your Ohio Notary Commission

To renew your Ohio notary commission, follow the steps below:


STEP 1: BCI background check

For your convenience, we conduct BCI background checks by in-person appointment at the Columbus Bar Association offices. The $40 fee is due at the time of service by credit or debit card only. Valid Ohio ID required at your appointment. Please note, BCI test results are sent directly to you from BCI and could take up to 6 weeks for processing.

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

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STEP 2: Take the notary class

You must successfully complete a 1-hour notary continuing education class. The course is available as an ON-DEMAND video. The class is available online for $45. Credit or debit card only.

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STEP 3: Complete the Ohio Secretary of State's application

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 results, 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.

NOTE: Your renewal application may not be submitted to the Secretary of State more than 90 days before your commission expiration date.


STEP 4: Receive your commission

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.

STEP 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.

 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.


You may submit your renewal application to the Secretary of State no sooner than 90 days prior to your commission expiration date. For your renewal application to be complete, you must have your background check results and proof that you have completed the required education.

Please note: There will be no refunds for any notary courses that were purchased more than six months ago.

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Columbus Bar Association
230 West Street, Suite 100
Columbus, OH 43215

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Phone: (614) 221-4112
Fax: (614) 221-4850

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