Hancock County Clerk of Courts

COMMON QUESTIONS CONCERNING
NOTARY PUBLICS

Q.
If I do not have my current notary certificate, what do I do?

A.
If your current certificate was recorded in Hancock County, we will be happy to look it up for you. If it was recorded in another county in Ohio, you will need to get a copy from that county.

Q.
Once I am a Notary Public, may I give legal advice concerning the documents I notarized?

A.
No, a Notary Public is not a licensed attorney and can be prosecuted for engaging in the unauthorized practice of law.

Q.
Is my notary commission good only in the county in which I record it?

A.
A notary commission is good statewide but must be recorded and renewed in the county in which you reside. If you are employed or are going to be notarizing outside of your county of residence, it is important that you record your commission in that county also.

Q.
How much may I charge for notarizing a document?

A.
Notary Public fees are set by statute. Currently, a Notary Public is permitted to charge $1.50 for taking and certifying an affidavit and $2.00 for an acknowledgment.

Q.
How do I go about changing my commission if I married since I renewed my commission?

A.
You do not need to change your commission until your next renewal. However, you must place the name in which the commission was issued next to your new name when notarizing documents.

Q.
If my current commission is recorded in another county, where do I renew it?

A.
You would renew your commission in the county that you currently reside.

Q.
Where do I obtain my notary stamp and seal?

A.
These items are available at most office supply stores