Notary and Passport InformationFor passport information, download our Passport Brochure or contact the Civil Section.
- In the State of Ohio, a notary public is a person appointed and commissioned by the Governor of the state to:
- Administer oaths required or authorized by law;
- Take and certify depositions;
- Take and certify acknowledgements of deeds, mortgages, liens, powers of attorney, and other written instruments;
- Receive, make, and record notorial protests.
The Clerk of Court is responsible for recording notaries and keeping them on file. The cost to file is $5.00 and an extra $1.00 to administer the oath. Please note that you must record your notary in your county of residence.
To become a notary in Franklin County, please contact the Columbus Bar Association at (614) 221-3810, or visit their web site at http://www.cbalaw.org.
If you have a document that has been notarized by a notary public in Franklin County, you can bring it to the Civil Section or any of the Title locations to verify that the notary is registered in Franklin County. Cost for notary verification is $2.00 per verification.
If you need to complete this verification by mail, please send a copy of the document, a self-addressed stamped envelope and $2.00 per verification (check or money order) to:Franklin County Clerk of Courts
345 South High Street, 1st Floor
Columbus, OH 43215