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In Ohio, you’ll need a notary public when you sell a car, conduct a real estate transaction, take an oath required by the law, undergo a deposition, designate a power of attorney, or provide other written witness, such as affidavits.

Even if a transaction or statement does not require a notary’s services, many people engage a notary public to record their signature on the document for proof.

Ohio notary publics thus serve as important deterrents to fraudulent transactions. A seller would think twice before signing a sales slip for a fake item—if the buyer insists on their notarized signature.

Notary Agent’s Duties

Ohio Mobile Notaries

If you’re not sure whether you need a notary for a transaction or other paperwork, learn what the law requires a notary public in Ohio to do for those who engage their services.

In Ohio, notaries may:

  • Administer legally required or authorized oaths
  • Take and certify depositions, powers of attorney mortgages, liens, and other written documents
  • Make and record notarial protests—sworn declarations that a bill or note was refused, even though all the requirements have been met

An Ohio notary not only can take depositions, but he or she can compel a witness’s attendance at a deposition and punish them for refusing to attend. Law enforcement officials, such as sheriffs and constables, must serve and return all the processes a notary issues for a deposition.

Another feature of Ohio notaries is that they can only certify a signature, not the content of the document. A person’s signature is their sworn statement that everything in the content is true.

A notary must, however, check for blank spaces. If there are any, the signer must complete them or draw a line through them before the notary certifies the statement. This guards against a person’s adding something to the statement after the notary certifies it—a much-needed protection against fraud.

Signatures must match the signer’s government ID. For instance, a signer may not sign “John Earl Doe” if his ID reads “John E. Doe.” This precaution keeps another John E. Doe—such as John Elmer Doe–from signing the document. If the ID reads “John Earl Doe,” however, he can sign “John E. Doe,” since “Earl” does start with the letter E.

Notaries in Ohio must also certify each signature with either an ink stamp or an embosser. This seal must either contain the notary’s commission expiration date, or the notary must write the date in the certificate. No notarization is complete without the notary’s seal.

Notaries must also alert themselves to attempts to coerce signatures from vulnerable individuals, like the elderly, people with mental illness, or those under threat of bodily harm. Therefore, they must be on guard against such attempts and refuse to certify signatures of people whom they believe to be under duress.

To become a notary in Ohio, a person must satisfy several requirements:

  • Age 18 or older
  • A legal resident of Ohio who is not an attorney admitted to the practice of law and has their primary place of business in Ohio, an attorney admitted to practice law in the state, or an attorney who is not an Ohio resident but is admitted to practice law in the state and has their principal place of business in Ohio
  • Be of good moral character and capable of performing his or her duties as certified by an Ohio judge

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Need a Mobile Notary Public in Ohio?

If you need a mobile notary in Ohio, you’ll know by the language on your forms. At the end of the form, there should be a place for a notary’s signature and seal. Some documents call for a witness, and a notary can serve this purpose, too. Most documents and forms that are filed with the court require a notary.

  • Affidavits


  • Mortgage closing documents

    Mortgage closing documents

  • Wills


  • Designations of beneficiary

    Designations of beneficiary

  • Medical directives

    Medical directives

  • Affidavits of independent professional advice

    Affidavits of independent professional advice

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    Real estate documents

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    Structured settlements

  • Supporting

    Supporting documents for disability claims

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A Notary That Comes To You

In Ohio, you must have documents notarized in person. You’ll also have to bring along a government-issued ID, such as a passport or a driver’s license.

This means you’ll need to find a qualified notary public in Ohio.

But where can you find a notary in your neighborhood?

With Superior Notary Service, it’s easy. Just use Superior’s online system to request a notary—night or day—and we’ll schedule an Ohio notary to come to your location with the required documents, their official seal, and a wealth of experience.

When you need a qualified notary that can work around your schedule, you don’t have to wish. Just schedule your time slot with Superior Notary Service and you’ll have a notary when you need one. Contact us today to find a notary near you.

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How it Works

Our easy-to-use services can be accessed in the comfort of your home or office through our four-step process.

  • Receive Signing Order 
  • Documents Sent to a Signing Agent
  • Updates Modifications & Confirmations 
  • Completion & Prompt Invoicing 

In Office Notary Fees

The fees a notary may charge are set by the State. The most common fee is $6 for a standard oath or affirmation and seal

Mobile Notary Fees

If you are looking for a one time service. we offer notary signing services in our office and mobile signing services across the United States. Our maximum fee for the mobile notary services in the US is $75


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