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State Information for Arizona

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Arizona Notary Requirements and Information

Arizona Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must:
• be at least 18 years of age;
• be a resident of Arizona for income tax purposes and claim the individual's residence in this state as the individual's primary residence on state and federal tax returns;
• be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States;
• not have been convicted of a felony unless civil rights have been restored;
• keep a notary reference manual approved by the Secretary of State; and
• be able to read and write English.

How to Apply to Become a Arizona Notary
See detailed information on the website of the Arizona Secretary of State: https://azsos.gov/business/notary-public/become-new-arizona-notary

Appointing Officer
Secretary of State

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
Notary Recordbook Required*, paper and electronic notarial acts

*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. If electronic notary commission dates are different from the notary’s regular commission, then two separate journals must be used for paper and electronic notarial acts. See Arizona Revised Statutes Sec. 41-319, and Arizona Administrative Code Sec. R2-12-1203, for more details.

Notary Seal Requirement
Ink Stamp Required*, paper notarial acts

*Secretary of State specifies "dark ink." Embossing seal may ONLY be used in conjunction with ink stamp.
Seal imprint not required if certain specified requirements are met, electronic notarial acts.

Authorized Duties
• take acknowledgments;
• administer oaths/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: https://azsos.gov/business/notary-public/services-existing-notaries

Contact Information for the State of Arizona

State Notary Website

State of Arizona Online Notary Search

State of Arizona Online Notary Handbook

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

Mailing Address
Secretary of State
Attn: Notary Dept.
1700 W Washington St, 7th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2808

Apostille Certification Information

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

Further Information

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Information on this page is provided with the understanding that the user is solely responsible for his/her knowledge of notarial law, procedures and practices. The information contained on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. All information is subject to change without notice and therefore is provided “as is,” free of warranty of any kind. Last updated April 2019.

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