How do I become an Arizona Notary?

Compared to other states, Arizona State has few eligibility requirements to become an Arizona notary Any Arizona resident 18 years of age or older with no felony convictions is eligible to apply to become an Arizona notary. The information listed below will guide you step-by-step on how to become an Arizona notary.

To become an Arizona notary, a notary applicant must:

1. Be 18 years of age or older.
2. Be a legal resident of the state of Arizona.
3. Be able to read, write, and understand the English language.
4. Have no felony convictions.

If you meet the above qualifications you can apply to become an Arizona notary by:

1. Filling out an application.
2. Purchasing a four-year, $5,000 Arizona notary bond.
3. Mailing the Arizona notary application along with the four-year, $5,000 Arizona notary bond and the required Arizona notary application fee and bond filling fee to the Arizona Secretary of State.

How can I start the Arizona notary application process to become an Arizona notary?

To become a Arizona notary, please follow the instructions listed on the previous section on "How to become a Arizona notary". Click here for more information on how to become a Arizona notary, and read our Arizona notary law section. More information can found at the Arizona Secretary of State's website.

How do I renew my Arizona notary commission?

Renewing your Arizona notary commission is no different than the application process for becoming an Arizona notary. You must follow the same steps listed in the previous question, complete an application online, purchase a bond, and mail your application with the office filing fee. To purchase an Arizona notary bond to renew your notary commission, please visit our website:

When can I renew my Arizona notary commission?

You can only renew your Arizona notary public commission 60 days before your commission expiration date. The Secretary of State will reject all Arizona notary renewal applications submitted earlier than the 60 days.

How much does it cost to become an Arizona notary?

To become an Arizona notary, you must purchase a four-year, $5,000 Arizona notary bond. The cost of the notary bond is only $25.00. You can purchase an Arizona notary bond at the American Association of Notaries' website: To become an Arizona notary you must also pay a $25.00 notary application fee and an $18.00 notary bond filling fee for a total of $43.00. A notarization fee is required to have the Oath of Office on your Arizona notary bond completed by an active Arizona Notary Public. You also need an Arizona notary stamp and a record book (prices vary from vendor to vendor).

How long does it take to become an Arizona notary public?

If your application is completed correctly, it usually takes about three to four weeks for the Arizona Secretary of State to approve the application and issue you the Arizona notary commission certificate. If you need to become an Arizona notary quicker, you can include a $25.00 expedite filling fee along with the standard office fee of $43.00. Your Arizona notary application would be processed in 24-48 hours.

How long does an Arizona notary commission last?

An Arizona notary terms lasts four years. To verify when your term begins and ends, you'll have to look at the effective and expiration dates of the Arizona notary public commission certificate you received when you became a notary. To continue performing notarial acts as an Arizona notary after your current expiration date, you'll have to renew your commission before your notary term expires. Please Click Here to renew your commission.

Where do I purchase the four-year, $5,000 Arizona notary bond?

The Arizona notary bond can be purchased online at The cost for the four-year, $5,000 Arizona Notary Bond is $25.00. Once you place your order on our website, we will email you the Arizona notary bond within one business day with instructions for completing the application process.

Why do I need an Arizona notary bond?

The State of Arizona requires the Arizona notary bond to protect the public from any errors and omissions the notary may have committed.

Does the Arizona notary bond protects me if I get sued?

No. A notary bond protects the public. An errors and omissions policy (E&O) will help protect the notary in the event of any unintentional errors or omissions.

Do I need to purchase an Arizona notary errors and omissions policy (E&O)?

The Arizona notary errors and omissions insurance policy is optional but highly recommended. It is very affordable and covers you even if a claim is invalid. We offer E&O policies at

Do I need to purchase an Arizona notary stamp? What notary supplies do I need?

When becoming an Arizona notary, in order to perform notarial acts in the state of Arizona, you need to buy, at minimum, an Arizona notary stamp and an Arizona notary record book, sometimes called a journal. An Arizona notary stamp must meet the following requirements:
1. Be a rubber stamp type
2. Use a dark permanent ink that can appear on copies
3. Not use red ink
4. Be no larger than 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" if rectangular or 1 1/2" if round
5. Contain the notary's name as it appears on the commission certificate
6. Include the words "notary public"
7. Include the notary's county name
8. Include the notary's commission expiration date
9. Contain the Great Seal of the State of Arizona

How do I order an Arizona notary stamp and record book?

Please go to to order your Arizona notary stamp. All of our Arizona notary stamps and Arizona notary supplies come with a life-time replacement guarantee, are made in-house, and are shipped in one business day.

Do I need to send you my Arizona notary commission certificate?

Yes. The State of Arizona requires all Arizona notary stamp vendors to keep a copy of the notary's commission certificate before processing a notary stamp order.

How can I train to become an Arizona Notary?

The State has a Notary Public Reference Manual on their website: We have an Online Course available at

Click Here to learn more about how to become an Arizona notary

Legal Disclaimer: The American Association of Notaries is committed to providing accurate and up-to-date information. However, it is important to note that the information provided on this page is for general informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal advice. We do not claim to be attorneys and do not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or reliability of the information provided. It is your responsibility to know the appropriate notary laws governing your state. You should always seek the advice of a licensed attorney for any legal matters. In no event shall the American Association of Notaries, its employees, or contractors be liable to you for any claims, penalties, losses, damages, or expenses, howsoever arising, including, and without limitation, direct or indirect loss, or consequential loss, out of or in connection with the use of the information contained on any of the American Association of Notaries website pages. Notaries are advised to seek the advice of their state’s notary authorities or attorneys if they have legal questions. 

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