SUSAN 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?
A Notary Public is a public officer appointed under authority of state law with power to administer oaths, certify affidavits, take acknowledgments, take depositions or perpetuate testimony and record notarial protests.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS MUST I HAVE TO BECOME A NOTARY PUBLIC?
- · You must be at least 18 years of age.
- · You must be a registered voter in the county which you reside.
WHERE DO I APPLY TO BECOME A NOTARY PUBLIC?
You must complete a Notary Public application in the Clerk of Courts office in the county where you reside. Huron County residents should apply at the Clerk of Courts office at the Huron County Court-house, 2 East Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m, Monday through Friday.
WHAT ARE THE STEPS IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR NEW NOTARIES?
- · Complete a Notary Public Application.
- · You may purchase "A GUIDE-BOOK FOR NOTARIES PUBLIC" at the cost of $7.00 to use as a study guide before you take a required written test.
- · Once you have studied the guide-book and feel ready to take the test, report to the Clerk of Courts office and you will be given directions to take your test..
- · If you pass the test, your application will be signed by the Judge of the Common Pleas Court.
- · Your signed application will be mailed to you.
WHAT DO I DO WITH THE APPLICATION WHEN I GET IT BACK SIGNED?
You must mail the application to the address given on the application along with a fee of $15.00 (check or money order) made payable to: COMMISSION CLERK FOR THE GOVERNOR.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
After your application is processed in Columbus, you will receive through the mail a Notary Public Certificate issued to you by the Governor.
Your commission (certificate) must be recorded in the Huron County Clerk of Courts office before notarial acts are performed. Take your certificate to the Huron County Clerk of Courts office for recording.
IS THERE A FEE FOR MY CERTIFICATE TO BE RECORDED?
YES-the fee to record your certificate is $6.00 (or $5.00 if you have your document notarized before you bring in your certificate). Cash or checks 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 5 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?
NO-an applicant who wishes to renew his or her notary is not required to take the written test again unless it has been more than one year since your notary has expired.
- · Apply for a renewal no sooner than 30 days prior to the expiration date of your notary.
- · Complete the application and fill in the date of your Notary Public expiration.
- · If your commission has expired prior to your application for renewal, you will be required to complete the affidavit on the back of the application and sign it.
- · Your application will be signed by the Judge of the Common Pleas Court and may be picked up at the Clerk of Courts office or mailed to you at your request.
- · Follow the same steps as for new notary applicants from this point.
WHERE DO I OBTAIN MY NOTARY PUBLIC SEAL?
Your Notary Public seal and rubber stamp may be obtained through an office supplies store/dealer.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS ABOUT BECOMING A NOTARY
HURON COUNTY COMMON PLEAS COURT
2 East Main Street, Courthouse
NORWALK, OHIO 44857
Common Pleas Phone ..... (419) 668-6162
Clerk's Office Phone ..... (419) 668-5113
Fax..... (419) 663-4048
PROCEDURE TO OBTAIN NOTARY PUBLIC COMMISSION EFFECTIVE January 1, 2002
1. You may purchase from the Clerk of Courts the book "Essential Notary Education" to study for the Notary Public test.
2. You will be given the Application for Appointment form to fill out and bring with you when you come in to take the test.
3. The questions on the test are based upon the statutory requirements for notaries which are explained in the book "Essential Notary Education."
4. You may take the written test between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Report to the Clerk's office and you will be given directions to take your test.
5. Please allow 30 minutes for the test. There are approximately 20 questions on this test.
6. When you have completed the test it will be given to the Court of Common Pleas to be graded. If you pass the test, the Judge will sign your application and it will be mailed to you. Your application should then be mailed to OHIO NOTARY COMMISSION, NOTARY COMMISSION CLERK, OFFICE OF J. KENNETH BLACKWELL, OHIO SECRETARY OF STATE, P.O. BOX 1658, COLUMBUS, OHIO 43216-1658
7. The commission Clerk will mail your Notary Commission back to you. You will need to bring your Notary Commission into the Clerk of Courts of Huron County to be recorded before you can officially notarized any documents
8. In the event you do not pass the test, the Bailiff for the Court of Common Pleas will call you and give you instructions on retaking the test. You will be given thirty (30) days to study for your test and re-take it before your original application is destroyed.
Earl R. McGimpsey, Judge
HURON COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS
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