Notary Commissions

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 acknowledgements of deeds, mortgages, liens, Powers of Attorney and other written instruments
  • Receive, make and record notarial protests


In December 2018, the Governor signed Senate Bill 263, the Notary Public Modernization Act.  This Act removes the responsibility of the application, recording, renewal and discipline of Notary Commissions from the Common Pleas Courts and places it with the Ohio Secretary of State. 

The Act repeals the authority of the Common Pleas Courts to accept and process notary public applications as of September 19, 2019.  Therefore, the Clerk of Courts office has set the following deadlines and final testing dates for 2019: 

 Deadline to schedule a Notary Public Testing Date:     August 9, 2019  Deadline has been extended to August 23, 2019!

 Deadline to submit a renewal application:                     August 1, 2019  Deadline has been extended to August 30, 2019!

 Final testing date:                                                                August 14, 2019   Two testing dates have just been added:  

                                                                                                                            August 21 and 28th!

After the final testing date of August 28, 2019, applicants may apply with the Ohio Secretary of State to become a Notary Public on or after September 20, 2019.    

If you wish to become a notary in Delaware County prior to the August deadlines mentioned above, you must be a resident of Delaware County. If you do not live in Delaware County, please contact the Clerk of Common Pleas Court in the county where you reside. Delaware County residents may either visit our office in person at 117 North Union Street, Level 300, Delaware, Ohio 43015 or mail a request for a notary packet. The cost for a notary packet is $20.00 ($29.00 if it is mailed). The notary test is offered once a month, on the second Wednesday of the month, here in the Delaware County Courthouse.  Please note that the final testing date here in Delaware County will be August 28, 2019 and the final renewal date will be August 30, 2019.  If you wish to become a Notary Public or renew your commission after the above deadlines, please contact the Ohio Secretary of State’s office after September 19, 2019 at 614-644-4559.  

If you are a licensed attorney in the State of Ohio and are interested in becoming a Notary Public, please contact our office at 740-833-2500 before August 1, 2019 or the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office at 614-644-4559 after September 19, 2019 for further assistance.

Currently, the Clerk of Courts is responsible for recording notary commissions and keeping them on file. The cost to file a notary’s commission is $5.00 plus $1.00 to administer the oath. Your notary commission must be recorded in the county where you reside.

If you have a document that has been notarized by a Notary Public who is commissioned in Delaware County and you need the notary’s commission certified, you may visit the Delaware County Clerk of Courts office for a notary certification. The fee is $2.00. We are located at 117 North Union Street, Level 300, Delaware, Ohio 43015.

If you have any other further questions, you may contact our office or visit the Ohio Secretary of State’s website at for more information.