1. You must be a resident of the state of Ohio.

  2. You must be at least 18 years of age.

  3. You are required to obtain a BCI criminal records check current within 6 months. 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. 

  4. Come to the Lake County Bar Association office on the 2nd floor of the Courthouse West Annex, Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. to apply. Bring your current photo I.D. The application fee is $130.00 and includes a manual and 2 opportunities to take the exam. We accept cash or check.

  5. Before taking the exam, you must attend a 3 hour instruction class at Lakeland Community College. The exam is scheduled the 1st Saturday of each month.

  6. Following the class you will be given a certificate of completion. You will electronically submit the certificate, application, background check and test score and a $15.00 credit card payment to the secretary of state. If the secretary of state determines that all requirements have been met, you will be required to affirm that you will comply with the notary laws of the state of Ohio and then the secretary of state shall issue a notary commission to you electronically with a unique commission number and expiration date and enter this on the public database.