The state of Ohio is unlike many other states when it comes to handling notary commissions. Ohio prefers to leave such matters to counties rather than handle notary commissions through the secretary of state's office, which is common in many other states. Those renewing a commission should contact the county office in the same county the commission was issued. The particular county office and requirements vary per county.
Items you will need
- Application to renew
- Renewal fee
- ID, if needed
Contact the county office that the commission was last approved. In Ohio, the county must renew a notary commission. Cleveland residents, for example, would contact the Cuyahoga County Notary Public Room at the county courthouse. Notaries in Miami county would contact the Notary Commission at the county law library. Notaries in Lorain county would contact the Court Clerk's Civil Division office in the county courthouse. For a list of contact information for each county, see Resources.
Complete an application to renew the commission. This application may be available online, by phone, in person or requested by phone depending upon the county. The application varies per county but typically requires the full name, address and commission number of the applicant. The applicant may also need to have the application notarized by another public notary.
Submit the application with the renewal fee. This fee varies per county. In Cuyahoga County, for example, applicants must pay a $55 renewal fee (as of 2010). Cuyahoga County also requires the fee be paid in cash and in person. You may also be required to show proof of ID such as a Ohio state driver's license.
Get the new commission. Once the application is approved, documents stating the new commission date will be issued either in person or by mail depending upon the county.