In Ohio, notary training before September 2019 was often inadequate or non-existent. What little training that was then offered by the counties is frequently inadequate for dealing with 21st Century signing requests. As a result, notaries may often face a number of signing situations that could result in errors and potential liability for themselves, as well as their employers.

Ever wondered about Ohio notary questions like these?
How to handle documents in a foreign language?
Can I notarize if a document was signed a week ago?
Can a notarize on documents from another state (or country)?
How to handle a copy certification request?
When may I notarize for relatives?
What does "SS" mean on my certificate?
What if a document has no notary certificate?
Do I have to give an oath for a vehicle title transfer?
How is a power of attorney signed?
What do AKA, NKA, FKA, & HTTA mean?
What is a "Medallion" notary?
What is an apostille?
What is a notary protest?
Do I need Errors & Omissions Insurance?

The Ohio Society of Notaries offers you the important notary training you never received, through our seminar

Your Role, Responsibilities, and Risks as an Ohio Notary Public
You'll be amazed how much you don't know about what you don't know.
The seminar includes:
Overview of the history, tradition and duties of the office of Notary Public
Tools of the trade/Ohio requirements
Types of notarizations and the specifics of each
The essential elements for any Ohio notarization
The Notary Certificate: Your sole domain, Your sole responsibility
It's YOUR commission! Staying out of trouble, and when you need to say "No"

The NEW Ohio notary laws effective September 2019!
The importance of notary training for employers
Complex and unusual signing situations; apostilles, vehicle titles, copy certifications, powers of attorney, advanced directives, oaths/affirmations, journals, E/O insurance,and foreign documents
Examples of improper documents to watch for
and MORE!
This class is the BEST training available in Ohio, bar none!

Our "Beyond the Stamp" seminar is offered upon request around the state. We require a host location with PowerPoint capability, and a minimum of 15 attendees. We can help with this number by inviting mobile notaries from around the area. Upcoming classes will be posted here.

The Beyond the Stamp class meets the Ohio training requirement for both new AND renewing notaries (within 1 year of expiration), and completion certificates will be provided to those attendees.


 Upcoming In-Person classes! 


PARMA April 22

CHARDON April 23

AVON LAKE April 24


CHILLICOTHE July 17; Chillicothe Public Library. Check in 1120am, Class NOON-330pm

BOWLING GREEN August 28; Wood County Library. Check-in 1115am, Class NOON-330pm

Still to come: Dayton/Cincinnati, Marietta, Akron, Warren, Columbus, New Philly and more!


Exams will follow immediately after classes for new applicants.

Registration fee is $75 for current notaries, $130 for NEW notary applicants taking the exam. Check or money order. Make payable and mail to: Ohio Society of Notaries, 3959 Cedric Lane, Dublin, OH 43016.

Cash, checks, money orders also accepted at door, BUT YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE via email; include which class, name, email, type of notary practice, NEW or RENEWING notary (with commission expiration date!), and any specific questions you'd like addressed. You will then receive a detailed invitation. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with registrations or questions.

Classes will always be announced here, and on our Ohio Notary Network facebook page