In Ohio, notary public commissions are handled by the counties. Each has slightly different procedures, according to the Ohio Notary Public Commission. Call the appropriate county for detailed instructions.
In Cuyahoga County, for example, an applicant needs to study the current manual for notaries public for the information required to be a competent notary. An application must be filled out in the Office of the Notary Public Commission and presented along with check or cash for the required fee, which is $50 as of July 2014, according to the Cuyahoga County Notary Public Office. A date to take an oral and written exam on the material in the manual is then set.
If applicants successfully complete the exam, are 18 years old or older, are registered voters or registered aliens, are citizens of the county in which they reside or are attorneys licensed to practice in Ohio, and they are of good moral character, then their names will be forwarded to the Secretary of State of Ohio, who will issue a notary certificate. The certificate is good for five years.
Successful applicants must register their commissions with the Clerk of Court of Common Pleas in their county of residence before it is considered valid. They must also provide their own notary seal or stamp.