In December 2018, the Governor signed Senate Bill 263, titled the Notary Public Modernization Act. Among other things, the Act shifts the application, recordation, renewal, and discipline of the notary commissions from the Common Pleas Courts to the Ohio Secretary of State.
The Act repeals the authority fo the Common Pleas Court to accept and process notary public applications as of September 19, 2019. Therefore, the Court has set the following deadlines and final testing dates:
DEADLINE TO TEST AND SUBMIT NEW APPLICATION: AUGUST 30, 2019
DEADLINE FOR RENEWAL: SEPTEMBER 6, 2019
If you are seeking to apply or renew your notary credentials prior to the dates set forth above, please contact the Adams County Clerk of Courts Office for more information. If you miss any of the deadlines above, please contact the Ohio Secretary of State at (614) 644-4559 for further guidance on how to process your Notary Public Application and/or Renewal moving forward.
The Secretary of State allows individuals to renew a notary within 90 days of their expiration date. Therefore if your notary expires on or before 12/18/19, you may still come to the Clerk of Courts Office to request a renewal until the 9/6/19 date. As stated before any and all questions concerning your notary at that point will be handled directly by the Secretary of State.
Additional details about the Notary Public Moderization Act can be found at: