Notary Public

Valid through September 19, 2019

The Cincinnati Bar Association serves as the administrator for all notaries public in Hamilton County, Ohio. A notary is a public officer of the state of Ohio. As stated in Section 147.07 of the Ohio Revised Code, "a notary public may, throughout the state, administer oaths required or authorized by law; take and certify depositions; take and certify acknowledgment of deeds, mortgages, liens, powers of attorney and other instruments of writing; and receive, make and record notarial protests."

To qualify to be appointed and commissioned as a notary public in the state of Ohio, the person must be at least 18 years of age, a resident of the state of Ohio, of good moral character, pass a written examination and be able to verify his or her identity.

**For non-lawyer notaries, if your notary commission expires in 2019, the requirements are changing. You may want to renew your commission now. Renewal application forms can be downloaded below under "Download Forms" or contact the notary department at the CBA at (513) 381-8213. The CBA will be accepting new and renewal applications through August 23, 2019.**

Upcoming test dates are August 7 and September 4, 2019. Contact the notary department at the CBA at (513) 381-8213 or download applications below.

Statewide Changes for Ohio Notaries are Coming 

The new legislation, effective Sept. 20, 2019, standardizes the requirements to become a notary in Ohio, and centralizes the administration of the process to the Ohio Secretary of State.

The Cincinnati Bar Association remains your place for education and testing under the new laws. We’ve partnered with the Akron, Cleveland, Dayton, Toledo 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. 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. Check back for more details.

Review a more detailed chart of how the new notary changes may affect you specifically here.


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For more information about serving as a notary public, please contact us.