Become a Notary Public

AS OF JANUARY 1, 2019.

Local Rule 15 of the Summit County Court of Common Pleas only allows individuals who reside or work in Summit County to apply for a Notary Commission through the Akron Bar Association.  If you do not live or work in Summit County, please contact your county clerk of courts or bar association for assistance.

The Akron Bar Association provides seminars and testing for those wishing to become a notary public.  Tests are held most Monday mornings at the Akron Bar office.  The office is located behind the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron at 57 South Broadway Street. Free parking is available on both sides of our building.

For information on how to renew your license, please skip to step 4.  Need Notary Supplies?  Purchase them here!

To find a notary public, search the Ohio Secretary of State’s online database, or contact your local bank or credit union.

Step 1: The Application Process & Study Guide

To become a Notary Public, applicants must pass a test. To help you prepare for the test, we offer a Study Guide that may be purchased for $5.00.

Step 2: Seminar & Testing

Notary Public tests are generally conducted every Monday.  The Akron Bar Association recommends attending our Notary Public Seminar, which is offered once a month.  The Seminar teaches how to serve as a Notary Public, best practices, & assists  in improving participants passing rate of the test.

You must REGISTER in advance to take the Seminar and/or Exam. Click here to register online by selecting the date in our calendar that you wish to take the seminar and/or test.

If an individual fails the test, we do offer a retake for $30.  To retake the exam, please call 330.253.5007, ext. 0.

* Attorneys do NOT have to take the seminar or exam, please Click Here to purchase the application to complete and return to the Akron Bar Associtaion.

Step 3: Record Your Certificate & Order Notary Supplies

Once you pass the test & receive your commission certificate, you must record it with the Clerk of Courts in the county where you reside.  The filing fee in Summit County is $6.00.  You may appear in person or mail in your commission certificate to the Clerk of Courts.  Before filing your commission, be sure the affidavit on the back is notarized.

Summit County residents:
Summit County Clerk of Courts
205 S. High Street, 1st Floor
Akron, OH 44308
Phone: (330) 643-2211
Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Order Notary Supplies Online

Step 4: Notary Renewal Process

Notary Commissions expire every five years. At least six to eight weeks prior to the expiration of your notary license, order your Notary Commission Renewal Packet and pay the $80 Renewal Fee online. 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;
  • Notaries Public may renew their license up to one year past the expiration date without having to take the test again.

Questions? Please email our Notary Department.

Akron Bar Association BBB Business Review