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Becoming a Notary Public has never been easier. All of your State's Contact Information is listed for your reference and review. Scroll down and you will find your State's Qualifications and easy to follow Application Procedures.

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Contact Information:

Appointing Authority: Secretary of State

Notary Public Office:
Secretary of State, Notary Section
1700 W. Washington, 7th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2888

Telephone: 602-542-4758
E-Mail: notary@azsos.gov
Website: https://www.azsos.gov/business/notary-public

Qualifications

Applicants for the office of notary public must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be an Arizona Resident and be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Must not be a convicted felon
  • Must not have had a notary commission license revoked within the previous four years
Note: If you do not meet these requirements you should not apply to be an Arizona notary public as your application will be automatically rejected.

Term of Office
4 years

Appointment
Secretary of State

Notary Education
Recommended - not required

Notary Exam
Not required

Study Course
"Notary Public Education Course"
FREE when you purchase a Notary Supply Package at The Notary's Store

Bond
$5,000 (Ordered before filing your application)

Seal of Office
Rubber Stamp Seal with reproducible ink required by state law. Embossing Seal is optional and can only be used in conjunction with your rubber seal stamp.

Notary Journal
Required by state law

E & O insurance
Not required - Errors and Omissions Insurance is recommended for notary protection


Application Procedures

Step 1: Complete the Arizona Notary Public Application

The application form to become an Arizona notary public is available for download here:

Arizona Notary Public Application

Please print the "Notary Application Form" and complete it as follows:

  • Print your name exactly as you want your notary commission to be issued.
  • Show your middle initial or name only if you intend to use it when signing as a notary public.
  • List the physical location of your residence; you are commissioned from your home address.
  • Fill in all of the blanks on the form and sign the application exactly as your name is printed.
  • The signature on the application you submit must be original.
New and Renewing Notary Packages
New and Renewing Notary Packages
Renewing Notary Packages do not come with a notary journal

Our New and Renewing Notary Packages DO NOT include your required $5,000 Arizona Notary Bond. The State of Arizona requires purchasing a notary bond, which you will need to send along with your notary application.

Step 2: Order your Official $5,000 Arizona Notary Bond separately.

Each applicant for the office of notary public for the State of Arizona is required to purchase a 4-year $5,000 Arizona notary bond in duplicate form. Please visit The Notary's Store you will be entering the Arizona section. We offer a New Notary Supply Package and a Renewing Notary Supply Package which includes your required Arizona Notary Seal/Stamp and Arizona Notary Journal, and other needed notary supplies at a special reduced price, but you will need to order your required $5,000 Arizona Notary Bond separately. To order, enter all required information and scroll down through the page to locate the notary packages, or you can purchase your notary supplies separately. Follow the onscreen instructions through checkout and your supplies will be sent to you as soon as your order is processed, and will be shipped in usually no more than 1 business day. Once you have your official bond and have made a copy of the actual bond for your records you may proceed with step 3.

Step 3: Check your Application Package

Your application materials should include the following:

  • The original application with the original signature.
  • The duplicate copy of the bond, if you want the Secretary of State to match the dates. Please remember, your bond cannot be issued more than 60 days before or 30 days after the Secretary of State commissions you as a notary.
  • Check or money order in the amount of $25.00 made payable to the "Secretary of State".
Be sure to verify that the above items are present and completed correctly.

Step 4: Send your Completed Application Packet to:

Secretary of State, Notary Section
1700 W. Washington, 7th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2888

Mail the following to the Clerk of the Superior Court of the county in which you reside

The original bond (notarized and including the original signature).

Check or money order in the amount of $18.00 made payable to the "Clerk of the Superior Court".
Click Here for a list of the Clerks of the Superior Court

DO NOT SEND YOUR NOTARY APPLICATION TO THE SUPERIOR COURT CLERK.

After you receive your official surety bond, be sure to make a copy of the actual bond for your records.

Step 5: Receive your Arizona Notary Commission information and order your supplies from The Notary's Store

Once you receive your commission information from the Clerk of Superior Court in the county of your primary residence, you will be ready to begin your duties as a commissioned notary public.

Note: An Errors and Omissions Insurance Policy does not replace a bond, but will help to repay the bonding company if a claim is ever made. Errors and Omissions is not required by law, but may be purchased as it protects the notary public and pays for any charges the notary might owe for legal fees and costs should the notary be sued.


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