- Find an approved WebCheck provider to conduct a criminal records search. You will receive a BCI (Bureau of Criminal Investigations) report (make sure there are no disqualifying offenses.)
- Find an Ohio-approved Notary education and testing provider (can be found here). There is a three hour mandatory training course followed by an exam.
- Sign up for an account with the Ohio Secretary of State, and complete the Notary application form.
- Submit the PDF copy of your criminal records check, your course and test certificates, and a picture of your signature. You will also need to submit a $15 filing fee.
- You will receive your commission certificate via email as well as instructions on how to complete your oath of office.
- Purchase your individualized Ohio Notary Stamp.
Requirements to Become a Ohio Notary
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Be a resident of Ohio or a non-resident attorney who practices law in Ohio and whose principal place of business or practice is in Ohio
- Not have a criminal background history