Notary Public

Changes are coming in Ohio Notary Law.

ALL Notary applications must be submitted to the Akron Bar by


(This date is subject to change.)


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 Notary Public Exam. To help you prepare for the Exam, we offer a Study Guide that may be purchased for seven dollars ($7).

  • Online via the Akron Bar's Online Store
  • In person at the Akron Bar, 57 S. Broadway Street, Akron, Ohio 44308 by cash or check

To download the Notary Public Application, please click here.

Step 2: Seminar & Testing

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

You must REGISTER in ADVANCE to take the Seminar and/or Exam.  To register, please click here to register online by selecting the date in our calendar that you wish to take the seminar and/or Exam.

If an individual fails the test, we do offer a retake for $40. To schedule a retake of the exam, please call 330.253.5007ext. 0.

Attorneys DO NOT have to take the seminar and/or exam, please click here to purchase an attorney application.

Step 3: Record Your Certificate and Order Notary Public 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 six dollars ($6). 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, Ohio 44308
Hours: 7:30 am – 4 pm
Phone: 330.643.2211

Order your Notary Public Supplies via the Akron Bar's Online Store.

Step 4: Notary Renewal Process

Notary Public commissions expire every five years.  At least six to eight weeks prior to the expiration of your notary license, order your Notary Public Renewal Packet and pay the $80 Renewal Fee. The renewal process may take six to eight or more weeks from the time of submission.

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 retest