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 old;
• be a resident of Arizona;
• be able to read and write English;
• be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the U.S.; and
• not have been convicted of a felony (if convicted must have his/her civil rights restored), or have a conviction of a lesser offense involving moral turpitude.

How to Apply to Become an Arizona Notary
See detailed information on the website of the Arizona Secretary of State:

Appointing Officer
Secretary of State

Term of Office
4 Year Term

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Not required; but Secretary of State "may" require training under certain circumstances. Each notary must keep on hand the Arizona Notary Public Reference Manual:

Notary Bond Requirement
$5,000 Bond Required (4-year term)

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
• Recordbook required, paper and electronic notarial acts. The Notary must keep one paper journal at a time, unless one or more entries are not public records. In that case, two separate journals, one for each type of record, must be maintained. If a Notary keeps only one journal, that journal is presumed to be a public record. Journals containing non-public records belong to the Notary’s employer and shall be retained by the employer. Journals containing only public records belong to the Notary.
• Notaries authorized to perform remote online notarizations must maintain records of those notarizations in one or more electronic journals (not paper) and must create/store an audio-video recording of those notarizations. The A-V recording cannot include images of any notarized electronic record. See Arizona Revised Statutes and Arizona Administrative Code for more details.

Notary Seal Requirement
• Ink stamp required, paper notarial acts. “Dark ink” specified. Embossing seal may be used ONLY in conjunction with the official ink stamp.
• Electronic seal specified for electronic and remote online notarizations. Electronic seal required for notarization of an electronic will.

Authorized Duties
• Oaths/affirmations;
• acknowledgments and proofs;
• copy certification.
• A Remote Online Notary may notarize for a remotely located individual using communication technology and subject to requirements and limitations in statutes and any administrative rules.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Arizona Secretary of State:

Contact Information for the State of Arizona

Arizona State Notary Website

State of Arizona Online Notary Search

State of Arizona Popular Notary Questions

Phone Number
(602) 542-6187 OR toll-free (800) 458-5842

Mailing Address
Secretary of State
Notary Department
1700 W Washington St, FL7
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(602) 542-6187 OR toll-free (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 August 2020.

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