Clinton County Clerk of Courts

Notary Information

What qualifications must I have to become a notary public?
You must be at least 18 years of age.
You must be a registered voter in the county in which you reside.
Where do I apply to become a notary public?
You must complete a Notary Public application in the Clerk of Courts office in the county where you reside.
What are the steps in the application process for new notaries?
Complete a Notary Public Application (Please bring$25.00)
Review the Notarial Handbook (given to you after completing application) to use as a study guide before taking the required written test.
Notarial testing is on the last Tuesday of the month at 2:00 p.m. (Check in at the Clerk of Courts office) court staff will then administer the test.(Please bring a $15.00 check made payable to "SOS/Notary Commission" to accompany application).
After passing the test paperwork will be sent to the Ohio Notary Commission; within three to four weeks you will receive a Notary Public Commission Certificate issued to you by the Governor.
Next Steps:
Your certificate must be recorded in the Clinton County Clerk of Courts office before notarial acts are performed. (Please bring $6.00)
When does my notary public commission expire?
Your Notary Public commission expires 5 years from the date of issue. If you are an attorney at law, your commission is good for as long as you remain in good standing before the Supreme Court of Ohio and continue to reside in the State of Ohio.
I would like to renew my notary public commission. Is the application process the same for renewal?
No. An applicant who wishes to renew his or her notary is not required to take the written test again unless it has been more than 90 days since your notary has expired.
Apply for a renewal no sooner than 30 days prior to the expiration date of your notary.
Complete the application (Please bring $10.00 for Clerk fees and a $15.00 check made payable to the "SOS/Notary Commission")
Follow the same steps as for new notary applicants from this point.
Where do I obtain my notary public seal?
Your Notary Public seal and rubber stamp may be obtained through an office supplies store/dealer.

Please note: Cash, check (made payable to Clinton County Clerk of Courts) or credit card is accepted for any clerk fees associated with the application process.

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