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Arizona Notary Questions

(From the AZ Secretary of State website)

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General Questions:

Q: What is a Notary Public?
Answer: An Arizona Notary Public is a public officer commissioned by the Secretary of State to perform notarial acts. A Notary is an impartial witness. (A.R.S. §§ 38-294, 41-313(9), and 41-328(B))

Q: Can anybody become a Notary Public? What are the requirements for becoming an Arizona Notary Public?
Answer: To become an Arizona Notary Public, you must meet the following requirements:
You must be an Arizona resident;
You must be at least 18 years old; and
You must not have been convicted of a felony unless your civil rights have been restored.
If you meet these requirements, you may be eligible to become an Arizona Notary Public. When you sign your application form, you are attesting that you meet these requirements. If we find that you do not meet these requirements, we may refuse to issue you a Notary commission or we may revoke your Notary commission. You could be guilty of lying or submitting false information on your application form. Lying on an application form constitutes perjury and is a fraudulent act. (A.R.S. §§ 41-213(E) and 41-330(A)(1))

Q: You say I have to be an Arizona resident. Does that mean I have to be a citizen?
Answer: No.
You can be an Arizona Notary Public if you are not a U.S. citizen but you must be an Arizona resident for tax purposes. That means you must claim your Arizona residence as your primary residence on state and federal tax forms. (Attorney General Opinion 78-119)

Q: How do I know if I’m considered an Arizona resident?
Answer: In the context of your Notary Public commission, you must be a resident of this state for income tax purposes and claim the individual’s residence in this state as the individual’s primary residence on state and federal tax returns. (A.R.S. § 41-312 (E)(3))
The fact that you are out of this state for a temporary or transitory purpose would not defeat or negate your Arizona residency. On the other hand, if you are in Arizona for a temporary or transitory purpose, Arizona would not be your primary residence. (A.R.S. § 41-312(E)(2))

Q: What if I have two primary residences because I spend six months in Arizona and six months at my other residence?
Answer: You must claim one residence as your primary residence for tax purposes. It is that residence that will determine whether you qualify to be an Arizona notary public.

Q: What do I need to do to become an Arizona Notary Public?
Purchase a four-year $5,000 notary bond in duplicate form from an insurance agent. The notary bond is purchased in duplicate form so that the notary will have an original for their records and the Secretary of State will also have an original.
Submit a check or money order in the amount of $43.00 made payable to the Secretary of State. $25.00 Application fee + $18.00 notary bond filing fee = $43.00 Total filing fee.
Mail the above documents and check or money order to the Secretary of State at the address indicated on the application form. (A.R.S. §§ 41-126(A)(2), 41-312(B), and 41-315).
**If you wish to have your application expedited there is a $25.00 expedited fee. Expedite processing times vary depending on available staff and volume of workload, however, a 24-48 hour turnaround is our goal. If mailed, applications need to be clearly marked “EXPEDITE” on the envelope.

Q: Where do I get an application form to become an Arizona Notary Public? Where do I get an application form for a commission renewal?
The same form is used for first-time applicants and renewals. Get the form:
ONLINE: You can obtain an application form online in PDF. PDF files require Adobe Acrobat 3.x Reader or above. Click here for the form.
CALL: Or, you can call 602-542-4758 and request an application be mailed or faxed to you.
E-MAIL: You can request a form be attached via e-mail by using our Contacts page.
NOTE: Some some bonding agents may also offer the application form, but these agents may not offer the most current form. Therefore, the Secretary of State’s Office is the best place to obtain an application.

Q: Okay. I’ve got an application form. Now what do I do?
Answer: Follow the online instructions to fill out the form properly.
If you received a form from our office via the mail….Leave the upper right-hand corner box empty. You may see some numbers there. These are for Office use only. Skip the address box if it is blank or if your name and address are printed there.
However, if anyone else’s name appears in the address box, or if you are applying for a notary commission for the first time but there are numbers in the upper right-hand box, please download a new application form or call the Secretary of State’s Office for a blank form. DO NOT USE a form that has someone else’s name in the address box or someone else’s commission number in the upper right-hand box.
MAKE SURE you PRINT LEGIBLY or TYPE all information so that we can read it. If we cannot read your application form, or any portion of your application form, we will return it to you along with a new form for you to complete legibly. This will delay your Notary commission.

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