For years, each of Ohio’s 88 counties had its own procedure for commissioning notaries. However, as of Sept. 20, Ohio residents applying for a new notary commission or seeking to renew their commission will do so through the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office. Under Ohio’s Notary Public Modernization Act, there are also new requirements for education, testing and a criminal records check. The OLC is hosting a free webinar with the Secretary of State’s Office to review the new notary changes and their impact on public library staff serving as notaries.
The Ohio Notary Law Changes Webinar will be held on Thurs., Nov. 14 from 2-3 p.m. The webinar will cover key provisions of the new law including how notary commissions are obtained and renewed, requirements for education, testing, and a criminal records check. This webinar is free for members and staff of OLC Institutional member libraries. If you cannot participate in the live webinar, it will be recorded and posted on the OLC website.