1.      You must be a legal resident of Lake County

2.      You must be registered to vote in your correct name at your present address.  For information on voter registration, please call the Lake County Board of Elections at 350-2700 or 918-2700.

3.      You must be 18 years of age or over.

4.      If you have ever been convicted of a crime, your application MAY be rejected. YOU MUST PROVIDE A COPY OF THE CHARGE AND DISPOSITION BEFORE YOU MAY TAKE THE NOTARY TEST.

If you meet these qualifications, you must apply IN PERSON at the Lake County Bar Office, located on the second floor of the Courthouse West Annex in downtown Painesville. Hours for application are Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. ONLY. The application process takes about 15 minutes, so please allow yourself enough time. Applications cannot be made by mail, nor can anyone else pick up the application for you.

Bring a pen, a picture ID such as a driver's license, and the names and HOME addresses of two (2) personal references (not related to you) when you apply.

The application fee is $75.00 and includes a notary study book and the notary test. This fee must be paid at the time of application and may be in cash or a check made payable to "The Lake County Bar Association".

When you apply, you will be given details about the test, as well as the next two (2) test dates.


New Application:                               $75.00 

Second Application:                           Up to 6 months $25.00 

Replacement Book Only:                   $7.50 (Available only to applicants.)


New Attorney Application:                $50.00