S. HAZEL, HURON COUNTY CLERK OF COURTS
HURON COUNTY COURTHOUSE
Norwalk OH 44957 (419)668-5113
HOW TO BECOME A NOTARY PUBLIC
IN HURON COUNTY
GENERAL INFORMATION - WHAT IS A NOTARY PUBLIC?
In Ohio, a Notary Public is a
sworn officer commissioned under state law with the power to administer
oaths, certify affidavits, take acknowledgements, and otherwise act as an
impartial witness. In many (but not all) counties, an examination must be passed demonstrating knowledge
of the various rules, laws, statutes, and duties of the office.
Notary Public is a guardian of the public trust and must perform his/her
duties in strict compliance with Ohio laws with absolute integrity,
adhering to the highest ethical standards. Ohio residents apply in their
county of residence and are commissioned through the Secretary of State.
is important to note that a commission as a Notary Public is not
to be confused with a license to practice law and1
in fact, a notary is specifically
prohibited from practicing law or giving legal advice unless the notary is
also an attorney.
notary is acting as an impartial witness, and may not have any interest
in, or benefit from, the document containing the notarized signature(s).
Additionally, an Ohio notary
may NOT perform any notarial acts until their commission has been
recorded by the Clerk of Courts in the county where they reside. It is also important to
note that it is signatures, not documents, which are notarized. Notarization
does not make any document "legal"; it means only that the
signers have satisfied the required elements for their signature as shown above.
WHAT QUALIFICATION MUST I HAVE TO BECOME A NOTARY
1. You must be at least
18 years of age.
You must be
deemed by the
Common Pleas Court Judge to be of
good moral character.
WHERE DO I APPLY TO BECOME A NOTARY
You can obtain a
Notary Public application from any Clerk of Courts office throughout the
State of Ohio.
WHAT ARE THE STEPS IN THE
APPLICATION PROCESS FOR NEW NOTARIES?
Obtain a Notary Public Application from the Clerk
of Courts Office. You may purchase "A GUIDE TO OHIO NOTARY
PUBLIC" booklet at the cost of $7 to use as a study guide.
Bring the completed application to the Common
Pleas Court to take your test, between 8:30 a.m. and noon and 1:00 p.m.
and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. (The test is "open-book.")
If you pass the test and meet the
qualifications, your application will be approved by the Judge of the
Common Pleas Court.
If you do not pass the test (4 or more wrong answers), you are
permitted to retake the test. You may take the test a total of three times within a 30-day period.
Your signed application will be returned to you in
a timely manner.
WHAT DO I DO
WITH THE APPLICATION WHEN I GET
IT BACK SIGNED?
You must mail the application to the address provided on the application along
with a fee of $15.00 (check or money order) made payable to OHIO SECRETARY OF STATE.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
After your application is processed
in Columbus, a Notary Public Certificate will be issued by the Governor
and mailed to you.
You must record
your commission (certificate) at the Clerk of Counts office in the county
in which you reside before notarial acts are performed.
IS THERE A FEE FOR MY
CERTIFICATE TO BE RECORDED?
The fee to record your
certificate in Huron County is $5.00. (Plus $1.00 if your document is not
already notarized.) Cash, checks, or money orders are accepted. Please
make your check or money order payable to HURON COUNTY CLERK OF COURTS.
WHEN DOES MY NOTARY PUBLIC COMMISSION EXPIRE?
Your Notary Public commission expires five
years from the date of issue. If you are an attorney at-law, your commission is good
for as long as you remain in good standing before the Supreme Court of
Ohio and continue to reside in the State of Ohio.
I WOULD LIKE TO RENEW MY NOTARY PUBLIC COMMISSION. IS
THE APPLICATION PROCESS THE SAME FOR RENEWAL?
A Notary Public who
wishes to renew his/her notary is not required to take the written test unless it has been more than one
year since the notary expired.
apply for renewal:
Obtain a renewal application from the Clerk of Courts Office.
Submit completed application to the Clerk of Courts Office no
earlier than 30 days prior to the expiration date of your notary.
Your application will be submitted to the Judge
of the Common Pleas Court for approval. Once signed, you may pick it up
at the Clerk of Courts office or it will be mailed to you at your request.
Upon receipt of your approved application, you will follow the
same steps as when originally applying.
WHERE DO I OBTAIN MY NOTARY PUBLIC
You may purchase your Notary Public seal and
rubber stamp through an office supplies store/dealer.
MORE INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS ABOUT BECOMING A NOTARY
HURON COUNTY COMMON PLEAS COURT
2 East Main Street, 2nd Floor
NORWALK, OHIO 44857
Common Pleas Phone .....
Clerk's Office Phone ..... (419) 668-5113
Fax..... (419) 663-4048
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