What are the qualifications to become an Arizona notary?

To become an Arizona notary, a notary applicant must meet the following requirements:   

  1. Be at least eighteen (18) years of age. 
  2. Be a citizen or a legal permanent resident of the United States.
  3. Be a resident of Arizona for income tax purposes and claim the individual’s residence in Arizona as the individual’s primary residence on state and federal tax returns. 
  4. Be able to read and write English.
  5. Never have been convicted of a felony (unless civil rights have been restored) or of a lesser offense involving moral turpitude or an offense of a nature that is incompatible with the duties of a notary public.

To become an Arizona notary and receive an Arizona notary public commission, a notary applicant must:  

  1. Meet the eligibility requirements provided in the previous section.
  2. Complete an online web-based Arizona notary application located on the Secretary of State’s website. (Print, sign, and have it notarized.)
  3. Purchase a $5,000 Arizona surety bond.
  4. Submit to the Secretary of State an original signed notary application, an original and notarized notary bond, and a $43 notary application filing fee. (The applications created from the “web application” site are the only applications accepted, and the photocopies of the application and bond will not be accepted.)
  5. Make sure the printed name, signatures, addresses, and county of residences on the application are identical to the information on the bond.

To start the Arizona notary application process for an Arizona notary commission, click here.

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Arizona notary bonds and errors and omissions insurance policies provided by this insurance agency, the American Association of Notaries, Inc., are underwritten by Western Surety Company (established 1900). Kal Tabbara is a licensed insurance agent in Arizona.