Before an Arizona notary performs his or her initial remote online notarization, the notary must notify the Arizona Secretary of State that he or she will be performing remote online notarial acts using communication technology for remotely located individuals. Before submitting an application to register as a remote online notary public, a notary public must:
- Be a current, active Arizona notary public.
- Review the “Remote Online Notarization” administrative rules before applying [Remote Online Notary Rules].
- Contract with a remote notary vendor that provides the technology that he or she intends to use to perform remote online notarizations.
- Provide, on his or her notary application, a description of the technologies that the he or she intends to use to perform remote online notarizations.
- Provide, on his or her notary application, the name and website URL of the vendor that will supply the technologies that the notary intends to use to perform remote online notarizations.
- Select a technology that conforms to the standards adopted by the Secretary of State by rule.
Upon approval, the notary public will receive a written authorization from the Secretary of State to perform remote online notarizations. A remote online notary public may also perform electronic notarizations. There is no additional fee or bond required at this time to become a Remote Online Notary Public. The commission term of a remote online notary public is the same as the term of the notary’s existing notary public commission. A remote online notary public must follow the initial application process to renew his or her authorization to continue to perform remote online notarizations (AAC R2-12-1304.I).
Just a note: To become an online notary you must be first commissioned as a trdaitional Arziona notary. Click here to start the Arizona notary process as the first step to apply for an online notary comission.