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State Information for Arizona

Arizona Notary Public Commission Requirements and Information

Appointing Officer
Secretary of State

Notary Commission Qualifications
Applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be a resident of Arizona;
• be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States;
• not have been convicted of a felony unless civil rights have been restored; and
• be able to read and write the English language.

How to Apply
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the Arizona Secretary of State: http://www.azsos.gov/business/notary-public/become-new-arizona-notary

Term of Office
4 Year Term

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Not Required

Notary Bond Requirement
$5,000 Notary Bond Required

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Recordbook Required
→The notary must keep only one paper journal at a time, unless some entries are public records and some are non public. In that case, two separate journals, one for each type of record, may be maintained. See Arizona Revised Statutes Sec. 41-319(E) for more details. Permanently bound journals are recommended. All records must be kept for 5 years from the date of notarization and must be delivered by certified mail to the Secretary of State’s Office within 3 months of death, revocation, resignation, or expiration of commission. In the case of death the notary's personal representative must deliver all notary stamps, seals, and recordbooks to the Secretary of State's Office.

Notary Seal Requirement
Ink Stamp Required
→Secretary of State specifies "dark ink." Embossing seal may ONLY be used in conjunction with ink stamp.

Authorized Duties
• take acknowledgments;
• administer oaths and affirmations;
• execute jurats; and
• certify copies.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Arizona Secretary of State: http://www.azsos.gov/business/notary-public/services-existing-notaries


Contact Information for the State of Arizona

State Notary Website
http://www.azsos.gov/business/notary-public

State of Arizona Online Notary Search
http://apps.azsos.gov/apps/notary/search/Default.aspx

State of Arizona Online Notary Handbook
http://www.azsos.gov/sites/azsos.gov/files/notary_manual-2015-oct.pdf

Phone Number
(602) 542-6187
(800) 458-5842

Mailing Address
Office of the Secretary of State
Business Services Division
Notary Services
1700 W Washington St, 7th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85007


Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(602) 542-6187

Further Information
http://www.azsos.gov/services/authentication-and-apostille

This information was complied by the American Society of Notaries • Copyright 2016
Last Updated August 2016

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