Are you thinking about what it takes to become a notary in the state of Ohio? We'll show you how you can do it in just a few easy steps.
The state of Ohio has a just a couple of requirements before you consider becoming a notary. These are:
- You must be at least 18 years of age
- You must legally leave in the state of Ohio – which means that you need a permanent address in the state and an Ohio state driver's license.
Now on to the nitty-gritty: After you've checked that you meet the two requirements above, you can begin the process to becoming a notary. Do not worry, it's a fairly simple process, most of which you can accomplish right within your county or over the phone.
- Obtain a notary application from the county you live in. In Ohio, every county has its own policies, databases and applications, so you'll need to contact your county for their application.
- While you are on the phone with the county seat, ask for a criminal background check packet. Then you'll need to visit your local police department to have an official set of finger prints taken. After that's done, complete the application packet, and mail the completed packet to your county's notary department (you can find the contact information in your local Yellow Pages or by conducting a simple search on your favorite search engine).
- Next you'll need to pass a state exam. You can call the Secretary of State's office to schedule your exam and ask for a study packet at 614-644-4559.
- Once the above three steps are completed, you need to register with the Commons Pleas Court in your county. Your notary services are not valid until this step is completed. You can find the contact information for the Commons Pleas Court in your county by looking in your local Yellow Pages or by a search on your favorite search engine.
After you've completed all the steps outlined above, you are officially a notary in the state of Ohio! Congratulations! Get out there and start your business, and make sure you remember to come back and share your success stories with us, we always love to hear them!