It will become more expensive in Ohio to become a notary public on September 20.
Currently, the fee is $15. After September 20, 2019, the cost could be as much as $150 for new commissions and $60 for renewals. Additionally, Ohio notaries will have to undergo a Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation background check at the cost of $22.
The Ohio Secretary of State will be responsible for all notary issues. As of now, each county is responsible for notaries and the requirements to be one can vary from county to county.
The fee increase will go toward offsetting the cost the Secretary of State will incur. Those wanting to become an Ohio notary will no longer do so through local county clerk of courts offices. It will all be done on the Secretary of State’s website. Additionally, notaries will not need to record their commissions with local court clerk offices.
Fairfield County Clerk of Court Branden Meyer suggestion that if people are thinking about becoming an Ohio notary they should do so now before the new law takes effect. “Also, any attorneys who have not filed to become a notary should do so prior to the new law taking effect. Otherwise, they will need to follow the new process, which includes taking continuing education.”
The state has not yet determined what the community education requirements will be.
Those who renew their notary commissions before the September deadline will be grandfathered in for five years and continue under existing law. Once that five-year commission expires, however, they must follow the new law.