The Ohio Secretary of State commissions and maintains records of all notaries public in Ohio. The Notary Modernization Act took effect on September 20, 2019. Under the new law, all applications for notary commissions, renewals, online authorizations and updates to contact information must submit an application electronically to the Secretary of State. This law eliminated the need to record the notary commission with the county or any other office. Additionally, the status of commissions is maintained with the Secretary of State.
To contact the Secretary of State regarding any matter related to a notary, please call: 614-644-4559 or visit www.sos.state.oh.us/notary/