A Notary Public in the state of Arizona is a public officer who is commissioned by the Secretary of State to perform notarial acts and to serve as an impartial witness.
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Must be a citizen or a legal permanent resident of the United States.
- Must not have a conviction for a felony unless in the case that your civil rights have been restored.
- Must be able to read and write in the English language.
- Must be an Arizona resident (for the purposes of income tax)
- Must not have had a professional revocation or commision suspension that my relate to the duties of a notary public.
- Must obtain a 4-year notary bond in the amount of $5000.
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How to Become a Notary
Step 1- Complete a Notary Public Application– An application form may be located in the Arizona Public Reference Manual or online at http://www.azsos.gov/Business_Services/Forms/Notary/application.pdf You may complete your application electronically or you may print it and submit your application by US postal mail.
Step 2 – Obtain a 4 Year, $5000 Notary Bond – To acquire a Notary Bond, you may consult your local telephone directory or online directory for a list of insurance agents who provide Notary Bonding services. You may also contact your own insurance agent to see if they may be suppliers of Notary Bond policies.
You may do this online with the following resources;
Step 3 – Submission of Bond and Application – Submit by mail to the Secretary of State’s Office, your notary application with your original signature, your notarized bond documentation with your original signature and enclose a check in the amount of $43.00 (25.00 application fee and 18.00 notary bonding fee). Send all documents and payment to:
Secretary of State Ken Bennett
Attn: Notary Division
1700 W. Washington Street, FL. 7, Phoenix, AZ 85007-2808
Step 4 – Obtain a Notary Seal– Once you have received your commission certificate stating your designation you will need to order your notary seal. You must use a rubber stamp seal but you may also use an embosser with the rubber stamp. Note that all of the following must be included on your stamp:
- The words – “Notary Public”
- The name of the country where you are commissioned.
- Your name exactly as it appears on your application and bond forms.
- The current expiration date of your commission.
- The great seal of the state of Arizona.
You may obtain notary stamps and seals at the following resources;