Notary Public

The Clerk of Courts in its Common Pleas Division administers the oath of office to Notary Publics. There is a fee for this service.

In the State of Ohio, a notary public is a person appointed and commissioned by the Governor of the state to:

  • administer oaths required or authorized by law;
  • take and certify depositions;
  • take and certify acknowledgments of deeds, mortgages, liens, powers of attorney, and other written instruments and;
  • receive, make, and record notorial protests;

These functions may be performed by a notary anywhere in the State of Ohio. Notary publics hold their office for a term of 5 years, at which time their term may be renewed. Attorneys admitted to the practice of law in the State of Ohio hold their offices indefinitely as a notary public.

For further information regarding notary application procedures, please contact: Common Pleas Court I at 419-447-2982 or Common Pleas Court II at 419 448-1302.