Notary – General Information
**CHANGES ARE COMING TO OHIO NOTARY LAW.**
ALL Notary Applications must be submitted to the Stark County Bar Association by Tuesday, August 20, 2019. The last available testing day will be August 27, 2019 under the current laws.
If your current Notary Commission expires in 2019, you may renew now through the Stark County Bar Association before August 20, 2019.
On September 20, 2019 ALL Notary Public Applications will be processed and completed by the Ohio Secretary of State.
**The Ohio Secretary of State’s Office is currently developing rules to implement the new law which will go into effect September 20, 2019.
If you have considered becoming a Notary Public, now is a good time to do so prior to the new rules going into effect. It is likely the costs will increase and you will be required to obtain a BCI criminal background check as well as education requirements.
Check back for updates.
WHAT IS A NOTARY PUBLIC
A Notary is a public officer appointed by the Ohio Secretary of State. A Notary Public may administer oaths required or authorized by law, take and certify depositions, take and certify acknowledgments of deeds, mortgages, liens, powers of attorney, and other instruments of writing, and receive, make, and record notarial protests. This jurisdiction is throughout the State of Ohio and can be utilized for any individual physically in the State of Ohio, regardless of that citizen’s state of residence.
A Notary Public cannot prepare or draft any legal documents or assist others in doing so. This constitutes the unauthorized practice of law in the State of Ohio, and is a crime for which a fine and/or imprisonment could be imposed.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR BECOMING A NOTARY PUBLIC
To become a Notary Public for the State of Ohio, the applicant must be of good moral character and be 18 years of age or over.
All persons who desire to obtain a Notary Public commission in Stark County, Ohio, excepting lawyers, must take and pass a written exam pursuant to Rule 23 of the Rules of Practice of the Court of Common Pleas, Stark County, Ohio.
Applications and the study guidebook may be picked up at the Stark County Bar Association between the hours of 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday – Friday.
The examination is given on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Stark County Bar Association. In the event the exam falls on a legal holiday, it will be postponed to the next regular date.
In the event a re-examination is required, there is a waiting period of thirty (30) days before you are eligible to re-take the examination.
NOTARY RENEWAL PROCESS
You must apply for a renewal at least 30 to 60 days prior to the expiration of your notary license. As a reminder, you will not be able to notarize if your commission has expired. You may renew your license up to five years past the expiration date without having to take the test again. The renewal process usually takes four (4) to six (6) weeks from the time the renewal form is received.
Applications may be picked up at the Stark County Bar Association between the hours of 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday – Friday.
CONTACT US – NOTARY PUBLIC DEPARTMENT
If you are a resident of Stark County, Ohio, 18 years of age and would like more information, you may e-mail the Notary Public secretary at SCB@StarkCtyBar.com. Or you may call the Stark County Bar Association office at 330-453-0685 Monday through Friday during the business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.