The final test under the old rules will be September 7, 2019


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



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

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

    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.

  3. You are required to obtain a 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. 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.

  5. Following the class you will be given a certificate of completion. You will electronically submit the certificate, application 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.