A notary public is someone who acts as a witness to the identity of a person who needs to get an official document signed. Notary publics must be commissioned or licensed in their county of residence, but they have statewide jurisdiction so they can notarize within any county in their state.
How to Become an Arizona Notary
Step #1: Meet Initial Requirements
- Must be a citizen of United States
- Must be a legal resident of Arizona
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Must not have been convicted of a felony
- Must be able to read and write English
- Must not have had your notary commission revoked within the last 4 years
Step #2: Complete application
Fill out and complete the Arizona Notary Public Application.
Step #3: Purchase an Arizona Notary Bond
An Arizona Notary Bond guarantees you will faithfully perform your duties as a notary public in Arizona. A Notary Bond is mandated by law. It isn’t a protection for you, but rather for your customers. Arizona requires a $5,000 bond.
You will not need to pay the full bond amount. Instead, you will just pay a small portion.
Step #4: Submit paperwork
Once you have purchased your bond, you are almost done. Mail your application and bond to the Arizona Secretary of State at the address below:
Office of Secretary of State
Business Services Division, Notary Section
1700 West Washington, 7th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2888
Include a $43 money order or check payable to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State will check to see if you have completed the application. Then, the Secretary of State will send your application to the Clerk of the Superior Court of your specific county for approval.
Upon approval, you will be mailed your official Arizona Notary Commission Certification. All that’s left to do is purchase your stamp, notary log, and seal.
Arizona Notary Public Renewal
Your term of office in Arizona lasts 4 years. At the end of this period, you may apply for a renewal. Your renewal application must be submitted within 2 months before the expiration date.