EFFECTIVE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 10, 2019.
THAT IS THE FINAL DAY TO RENEW YOUR NOTARY
UNDER THE CURRENT PROCESS
TO RENEW YOUR NOTARY PUBLIC COMMISSION IN LAKE COUNTY, OH:
1. You must be a resident of Lake County, and
2. You must be registered to vote in your correct name and at your present address. For information on voter registration, please call the Lake County Board of Elections at (440) 350-2700 or (440) 918-2700.
3. If you have ever been convicted of a felony, your application MAY be rejected. You must provide a copy of the charge and disposition.
Notary Commissions can be renewed no more than 30 days before your expiration date and within 180 days afterwards. Beyond 180 days, you must apply for a new notary public.
Renewal applications are taken IN PERSON at the Lake County Bar Office, located on the second floor of the Courthouse West Annex, 25 No. Park Place in downtown Painesville. The hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ONLY, Monday through Friday. Renewals take about 30 minutes so please allow yourself enough time to complete the process.
Renewals are not taken by mail, and no one can pick up your renewal application for you.
You must have proof of your Commission, which is either the Certificate issued by the Secretary of the State of Ohio or the white, wallet-size card that you received from the Clerk of Courts when you recorded your Commission in Lake County. You will need names & home addresses of two (2) personal references, a picture ID such as a driver's license and a pen.
If you are a NEW resident of Lake County, please be sure your Notary Commission is recorded with the Clerk of Courts IN LAKE COUNTY before you begin the renewal process. The Clerk of Courts is located in the basement of the Lake County Courthouse-West Annex and their telephone number is (440) 350-2657 or (440) 918-2657. Cost of recording your commission is $6.00 and must be paid in cash or check.
NOTARY RENEWAL FEES
May renew expired commission up to 180 days after expiration.
After 180 days, must take the test again.
Replacement Book Only $7.50 (Available only to current notaries)
EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 20, 2019
RENEW YOUR NOTARY PUBLIC COMMISSION
You must be a resident of Ohio.
You must be at least 18 years of age.
You may begin the renewal process beginning 3 months prior to the expiration date of your current commission. Bring with you to the Lake County Bar Association office on the 2nd floor of the Courthouse West Annex proof of your commission and a photo identification. The fee will be $45.00 and we accept cash or check. The office is open Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
You are required to take a 1 hour review class before your commission is renewed. The class will be scheduled after you submit your application to the bar association.
You are also required to obtain a criminal records check prior to renewing your notary. The secretary of state shall provide a link on its official website to information provided by the Ohio Attorney General’s office about the location of the authorized agents of the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation that can complete this function. It must be current within 6 months of renewal.
Following the class you will be given a certificate of completion. Submit the certificate, application and a $15.00 credit card payment electronically to the secretary of state. If the secretary of state determines that you have complied with the requirements of this rule, they will renew your notary public commission and extend the term for a period of five years from expiration of the current commission. You will receive your commission electronically.
There is NO GRACE PERIOD. If you are expired, you will need to start the process for a new notary application.