Arizona Notary

The Arizona Notary has very well defined duties and restrictions not unlike other states. Here is what you need to know...

Requirements

Arizona law has the following requirements for becoming a notary:

1) Be at least 18 years old.

2) Be an Arizona resident. To determine whether you are an Arizona resident, the state will look at your tax forms. If you list Arizona as your state of residence on your tax forms, then you are considered an Arizona resident for purposes of applying for a notary commission.

3) Not be convicted of a felony;

4) Read and maintain a copy of the Arizona Notary Public Handbook;

5) Obtain a 4 year $5,000.00 bond with duplicate originals. One original for the records of the notary and one for the Secretary of State's office.

6) Purchase a Seal.

7) Purchase and maintain a Notary Public Journal.

Duties

The Arizona Notary may perform the following duties:

1) Acknowledgments;

2) Jurats;

3) Give oaths or affirmations; and

4) Copy Certifications.

* However, a notary cannot certify a copy of a public record or a document that can be publicly recorded.

* In order to certify a copy of a document, the notary must have access to the original document and the copy machine. Presumably, but not specifically stated, the notary should make the copy or supervise the making of the copy.

Term and Costs

The term of commission is 4 years.

You should renew your commission no more than 60 days prior to the date of you commission expiring.

Cost submitted to the Secretary of State's office is $43.00. You should expect an answer within 4 to 6 weeks.

You can expedite the application with an additional $25.00 fee.

Fees

A notary may charge up to $2.00 for each transaction. No fee is required.

A travel fee is authorized but must comply with the Arizona State employee mileage fee and per diem.

Certified Legal Document Preparer

Arizona has an interesting law that allows for the certification of legal document preparers. You do not need to be a notary to apply for this certification. However, this appears to be an additional way to supplement your notary income.

This is a step in the direction of how notaries around the world operate. With today's technology, there is nothing wrong with allowing well trained non-lawyers to prepare simple documents.

More program information can be obtained by clicking here

The Arizona Notary handbook can be found here.

The Arizona Secretary of State Site can be found here.