In Arizona, notaries public are responsible for performing acknowledgment notarizations and jurat notarizations, copying certifications, and administering oaths and affirmations. If you’re interested in becoming a notary public in Arizona, our 2019 guide explains the process of becoming a notary, how to apply on the Secretary of State’s website, how much it costs to become a notary in Arizona, and how to obtain your Arizona notary bond.
Arizona Notary Requirements:
The Arizona Secretary of State’s office sets requirements to be met by every individual who wishes to be commissioned as a notary in the state.
- Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
- Applicants must be a legal resident of Arizona, as well as a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
- Possess the ability to read and write the English language
- Applicants may not have previously had a professional license revoked, suspended, restricted, or denied.
If an applicant has been found guilty of a felony, they will be disqualified unless their civil rights have been restored or the conviction was of a lesser offense determined to be unrelated to the duties of a notary public.
How to become a notary in Arizona
To become a notary in Arizona, applicants should visit the Secretary of State’s website to complete an online application.
Before entering any information, applicants will be asked whether or not they have purchased a $5,000 surety bond and simply need to complete their application. The online application may be started regardless of whether the applicant has their surety bond, however, they will not be able to complete it and receive their notary commission without a notary bond.
Information that must be submitted to the Secretary of State website includes the applicant’s full name exactly as it is to appear on the commission, email address, date of birth, and gender. The name on the application must match the name on the surety bond. Applicants must also indicate whether this is a new or renewal commission in the state of Arizona.
At this point, a $5,000 notary bond is required to continue the application, as applicants must provide the date the bond was issued, the bond’s effective and expiration dates, the bond number, and the surety company who issued the bond.
Once the bond information has been filled out, applicants may proceed with the application. They will be asked to provide home, mailing, and public record addresses, as well as listing languages aside from English in which they will be offering notarizations and what hours they will be offering notarial services.
Finally, the applicant will be asked to provide the last four digits of his or her social security number and whether or not they have a valid driver’s license. If so, they must provide the license number, as well as the issuance and expiration dates. Those who do not have a valid driver’s license must provide a brief explanation as to why they do not have one.
How much does it cost to become a notary in Arizona?
The cost of becoming a notary in Arizona depends on which of the two service options an applicant selects—the standard service or the expedited service. Standard service is a 3-4 week processing time and includes the service fee of $25 plus the $18 application and bond filing fee for a total of $43. The expedited service is a 24-48 hour process that costs $25 for the expedited filing fee in addition to the standard service total, meaning the expedited process costs a total of $68.
How to get a notary bond
Applicants can get a notary bond online in minutes for as little as $35 by visiting SuretyBonds.com. For a small additional premium, applicants may also include errors and omissions insurance coverage.
Once the bond has been purchased, it will be sent to the principal—the notary being bonded—via email, at which point they must print and sign the bond. The bond must be submitted to the Secretary of State within 30 days of the effective date or a new bond will need to be issued.
Completing and submitting the notary application
Once finished, the original, printed application with a wet signature, the $43 standard filing fee, and the notarized bond should be turned into the Arizona Secretary of State’s office. Applicants can deliver their materials in-person to either the Phoenix or Tucson office or by mail to the following address:
Secretary of State
Attn: Notary Dept.
1700 Washington Street, Fl. 7
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2808
When the application has been accepted, the newly-commissioned notary public will receive additional resources such as the Notary Reference Manual and an invitation to a free notary workshop in Phoenix or Tucson.
Have additional questions about getting your notary bond?
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