Notary Public

A "Notary Public" is defined as being an officer whose duty it is to attest the genuineness of any deeds or writings in order to render them available as evidence of the facts therein contained.

Eligibility Guidelines

  1. Citizen of the State of Ohio
  2. Wayne County resident
  3. Eighteen (18) years of age or older
  4. Must be a registered voter

Requirements for NEW Applicants

You must be a registered voter and live in Wayne County. A written exam is given every Wednesday at the Wayne County Common Pleas Court (107 West Liberty Street, Wooster, OH 44691) on the square in Wooster, at 12:45 p.m.  You do not need an appointment. A manual for notaries is available by clicking the link below.  Bring Photo Identification: Driver's License; State Issued Photo ID; Passport and the $40.00 application fee: Check or money order made payable to the Wayne County Bar Association. Cash Cannot Be Accepted.

Requirements for Renewal of Notary Commission

You will not receive any information that your notary is due to expire. You must make application prior to your expiration date. You should renew your notary in the county in which you reside. The earliest you may apply for renewal is 30 days prior to the expiration date at the Wayne County Common Pleas Court (107 West Liberty Street, Wooster, OH 44691). You must be registered to vote in Wayne County. There is a one week grace period in which you may apply for a renewal after your commission expires. After that seven day grace period you will be required to retake the exam.

No appointment is necessary! Renewal applications will be processed Monday through Friday between 8:30-11:30 or 1:30-4:00. You will need to provide the following at time of renewal application:

  • Pay $30.00 Renewal Fee: Check or money order made payable to the Wayne County Bar Association Cash Cannot Be Accepted.
  • Bring Photo Identification: Driver's License; State Issued Photo ID; Passport

Recording of Commission

It will take approximately two (2) weeks to receive your new commission from the State. Once you receive your notary commission from the State you will need to return to the Courthouse to record your commission with the Clerk of Courts Office (Basement Level). The fee for recording is $5.00 payable by cash or check.

If you have any questions regarding the notary commission process, please contact Linda Mowrer at (330)287-5530 or lmowrer@waynecourts.org.

Court staff are unable to answer legal questions or notarize personal documents