Any person who is 18 years of age or older and is a resident of Guernsey County may apply to become a Notary Public through the Guernsey County Common Pleas Court.


You will be required to take a simple exam before your application will be approved by the Judge and submitted to the Governor through the Notary Public Commission. The appropriate sections of the Ohio Revised Code, Title 147, which govern Notaries Public, are used as this Court’s study information, is available here.  You must purchase a notary packet which includes a question and answer handbook for the price of $15.00.


When you are ready, you come to the Clerk of Court’s office (second floor of the Courthouse) to take your test. It will be graded immediately. When you pass the test, a commission fee of $15 is required to submit with your application to the Notary Commission/Secretary of State. You must pay this by check, or money order made payable to Notary Commission/SOS. Once you receive your commission in the mail, you must bring it in person to the Clerk of Court’s office, to be filed with an additional $5 recording fee (cash or check) payable to the Clerk of Courts.