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Notary Public Licensing


Step 1:  THE APPLICATION PROCESS

To become a Notary Public, applicants must pass a test.  A New Notary Packet, which includes an application and study guide, may be purchased for $5.00 via the following ways:

Step 2:  Seminar, TESTING & RECORDING

Notary Public tests are conducted every Monday. A study course is offered twice a month in order to improve the passing rate of the test. The test is comprised of 20 true/false and multiple choice questions. 
  • Register online by accessing the calendar, and selecting the date you wish to take the seminar and/or test.  (Visa, MasterCard or Discover)
    OR
  • Register at the Akron Bar Association office Monday through Friday from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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    Payments must be received five days prior to the seminar or test.  If you fail the test, you can retake it for $30.  You can register online to retake the test, and select the re-take discount option upon checkout.


    Once you pass the test & receive your commission certificate, you should record it with the Clerk of Courts.  Summit County residents:
       
        Summit County Clerk of Courts
        205 S. High Street, 1st Floor
        Akron, OH  44308
        Phone:  (330) 643-2219
        Hours:  7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    The filing fee is $6.00.  You may also mail in your commission certificate to the Clerk of Courts.

    Step 3:  Order Notary Supplies

    Upon passing the Notary Public exam, you may order supplies from the Akron Bar Association online or by completing this form and sending payment by check.  Checks should be made payable to the Akron Bar Association.

    Step 4:  NOTARY RENEWAL PROCESS

    Notary Commissions expire every five years.  At least six weeks prior to the expiration of your notary license, contact the Akron Bar Association online by clicking here, or call 330-253-5007 to request a Notary Commission Renewal Packet and to pay the $70 Renewal Fee.  The renewal process usually takes six to eight weeks from the time the renewal form is received by the Akron Bar Association.

    Important Renewal Reminders:
    • You will not be able to notarize if your license is expired;
    • Notary Publics may renew their license up to one year past the expiration date without having to take the test again.