FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 16, 2019
Contact: C. Allen Nichols
Introducing Ohio Notary Services, LLC
AKRON [September 16, 2019] – The Akron Bar Association is pleased to announce the formation of Ohio Notary Services, LLC, (ONS) a unique partnership between Akron Bar Association and the Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton, Toledo and Ohio State bar associations to provide statewide notary education and testing services for current and future Ohio notaries public, as well as for those who wish to add the new designation of online notary public.
Last year, the Ohio General Assembly passed the Notary Public Modernization Act (SB263 of the 132nd General Assembly), changing the process for becoming a notary public in Ohio and permitting, for the first time, the online notarization of documents. For years, each of Ohio’s 88 counties had their own process and standards for commissioning notaries. When the new law goes into effect on September 20, control of the notary commissioning process will move from local court systems to the Ohio Secretary of State. Along with centralizing the notary commission application process, there are new, uniform education and testing requirements and standard fees for both traditional notaries and those who wish to become online notaries.
That’s where ONS comes in. ONS is the Secretary of State’s sole authorized provider for training and testing to become an online notary. In addition, ONS will offer an easy online process as well as a local presence for traditional notaries public to meet their education requirements, including continuing education courses when they renew their commissions. Current notaries may begin the renewal process up to 90 days prior to the expiration of their commissions, and any notary renewing their commission following the effective date of the bill, will be subject to the new requirements and fee schedule as established under the law.
“Ohio Notary Services LLC is an organization that will serve the needs of notaries and those who wish to become notaries across the state by helping them comply with the new Ohio notary laws,” explains Akron Bar Association President Karen Adinolfi. “Users will benefit from the significant combined experience of the participating bar associations, which have developed a creative, modern online training platform and offer multiple, convenient locations for in-person testing. Change is never easy, but Ohio Notary Services, LLC has done an excellent job of making this change as simple and accessible as possible.”
ONS is available to answer any questions regarding the notary public application process and the recent law changes. Visit www.becomeanohionotary.com for more information.
Founded in 1875, The Akron Bar Association in a non-profit 501-c3 entity that through education, advocacy and community service, empowers its members to reflect the highest professional standards, enabling them to earn the community’s utmost respect so that our legal system will be recognized as fair, accessible and just.
For more information about Akron Bar Association programs, visit www.akronbar.org or call 330-253-5007.