The Clerk of Courts in its Common Pleas Division administers the oath of office to Notary Publics. There is a fee for this service.
In the State of Ohio, a notary public is a person appointed and commissioned by the Governor of the state to:
- Administer oaths required or authorized by law ;
- Take and certify depositions ;
- Take and certify acknowledgments of deeds, mortgages, liens, powers of attorney, and other written instruments and ;
- Receive, make, and record notorial protests .
These functions may be performed by a notary anywhere in the State of Ohio. Notary publics hold their office for a term of
5 years, at which time their term may be renewed. Attorneys admitted to the practice of law in the State of Ohio hold their
offices indefinitely as a notary public.
For information regarding becoming a notary, please contact: Common Pleas Court at 740-385-4027.
For notary renewal information, contact Clerk of Courts at 740-385-2616.
A check in the amount of $15 made to the Ohio Secretary of State must accompany the renewal application, which can be obtained from the Clerk's office. The renewal application should be submitted no more that 30 days prior to expiration.
To file the certificate and take the oath, bring $6 and a photo id to the Clerk of Courts office.