Become a Notary
**CHANGES ARE COMING TO OHIO NOTARY LAW**
ALL New and Renewal Notary Applications must be submitted to the Toledo Bar Association by Friday, August 23, 2019. The last available testing day will be September 5, 2019 under the current laws. Attorney applications must be submitted by September 5, 2019.
If your current Notary Commission expires before November 15, 2019, you may renew now through the Toledo Bar Association before August 23, 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.
Changes to Ohio’s notary public commissioning process begins September 20, 2019. Don’t worry the Toledo Bar Association is still your place for education and testing under the new laws. We’ve partnered with the Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton, and Ohio State bar associations to make the process seamless for you. With our statewide reach and notary experience you can turn to us through our new subsidiary Ohio Notary Services, LLC. Lastly, if you want to become an Ohio e-notary public, Ohio Notary Services, LLC is THE ONLY source authorized by the Ohio Secretary of State to offer education and testing under the new laws.
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The Notary Public Office of the Toledo Bar Association accepts applications for new, renewal, and attorney applicants.
All Notary Applicants
Must be a Lucas county resident;
- Must be at least 18 years old;
- Must present a valid Driver's License or state ID;
- Must apply in person - make an appointment by calling 419-418-5318; complete the APPLICATION FORMS, print them and bring them to your appointment at the Toledo Bar Association.
- Must pay a $70.00 application fee, cash or check. We do not accept credit cards.
New Notary Applicants
After completing the application forms, the applicant must make an appointment to complete the application process at the Toledo Bar Association and then will be assigned an examination date and a study guide will be e-mailed to them. Exams are held on the second Thursday of each month at 3:00 pm.
The Notary commission is issued four to six weeks after the applicant has passed the examination.
After receiving the commission from the Ohio Secretary of State, the applicant must take the commission to the Lucas County Courthouse, 700 Adams Street, to be recorded.
Renewing a Notary Commission
A Notary may start the renewal process 60 days prior to expiration by completing the application forms and then making an appointment to complete the application process at the Notary Office. Within four to six weeks, a new commission will be received from the Ohio Secretary of State. The Notary must record the new commission at the Lucas County Courthouse before notarizing any documents with the new commission date.
Notary applicants outside of Lucas County:
Fulton County 419.337.9260
- Ottawa County 419.734.6755
- Sandusky County 419.334.6161
- Seneca County 419.447.0671
- Wood County 419.354.9280