Roger Rill

President, Ohio Society of Notaries

A third-generation notary first commissioned in 1978, there’s not much Roger Rill hasn’t seen in the signing world. A U.S. Navy Vietnam Veteran, Rill founded the Ohio Society of Notaries in 2009 to address the lack of resources for the state’s 240,000 notaries. A not-for-profit, professional association, OSN provides professional development, promotes advocacy and pride, and has become the primary resource for Ohio notary information.

He also created telephone and email helplines to assist with questions regarding signing situations, unusual documents, and best practices. The free service is available day or evening, seven days a week, and is the only such resource in the state. Rill writes articles and presents notary seminars statewide, including for the Ohio State Bar Association, and notes that everyone at OSN, including himself, is a volunteer.

In his most recent, and possibly most influential accomplishment, Rill conceived and co-authored the Ohio Notary Modernization Act of 2018, that was signed into law by former Governor John Kasich in December. This landmark legislation provides the most sweeping reforms to Ohio notary laws in over sixty years, including a complete overhaul of the state’s antiquated commissioning system, and the advent of Remote Online Notarization.

Effective in September, these changes will result in Ohio producing more competent, confident notaries that will be held to a higher standard, provided with tools to meet the signing challenges of the 21st Century and better protect the public.

“Mr. Rill was the driving force behind the recent major revisions of Ohio’s Notary laws”, said Professor Mike Closen, a leading authority on Notary ethics, law and practice. “He has many notable accomplishments in his career, and is truly a champion of Notaries”. Rill notes that “The nearly two-year path of getting the Bill introduced, up until its final passage, was truly an education in politics and the legislative process, involving numerous state agencies and interested parties”. He hopes that notaries in other states will form their own state associations, and provide a voice for notaries to effect positive change with their lawmakers.

Rill holds a Bachelors degree from The Ohio State University, and his Masters degree from Central Michigan University. He sits on the Notaries Public Committee of the National Association of Secretaries of State, and is the owner of Notary One Mobile Signature Services in Columbus. He stated “I eat, sleep, and breathe all things notary, and I’m passionate about helping people become better notaries”.

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