Effective April 20, 2015, the Secretary of State’s office will update its notary application from a PDF document to an online-“web application”.
As of June 22, 2015, only applications created from the “web application” will be accepted. Applications completed on any prior PDF version will be returned.
Please resubmit your PDF application before June 22 to avoid your application being returned.
The Secretary of State records and maintains notary public commissions in Arizona. A notary public witnesses signatures and verifies identities of signers and must be impartial.
Every state commissions notaries; however, every state allows notaries to perform different functions. In Arizona, notaries can perform only acknowledgments, jurats, copy certifications, and oaths and affirmations. Samples of each can be found in our Notary Public Reference Manual (PDF).
An Arizona notary must meet several basic requirements which are listed in Arizona Revised Statute (A.R.S.) § 41-312(E). These requirements will be reviewed and verified in the application process. Our office cannot commission someone who does not meet these standards.
What to File
Document to File: Notary Public Application and completed notary bond
Filing Fee: Standard application $43. You may expedite your application if you include an additional $25 fee. Checks and money orders can be made out to the “Arizona Secretary of State.” Please do not send cash by mail. We recommend paying with cash for in-person filings only.
Commission Length: 4 years
Processing time: 3-4 weeks. Expedited applications are processed within 1-2 days from when we receive your application.
- You must submit these three* items together:
- Original signed Notary Application
- Original notarized Notary Bond
- $43 filing fee
- Our office reserves the right to request additional documentation or fees required for processing.
- If you have changed any address (mailing, home and/or business) more than 30 days from today’s date and did not report that change to our office, include a civil penalty of $25 to avoid a delay in processing your application. (A.R.S. § 41-323).
- If you are mailing in an expedited application, noticeably write “EXPEDITE” on your envelope so that your application is processed promptly.
- You may renew a commission up to two months before your term expires. If you are unsure of when your commission ends, look at your stamp or check our online search feature.
- Upon receipt of your commission certificate, we recommend that you review your name, county of residence and commission dates to ensure your stamp is made accurately.
- Any application requiring further review, i.e. felony conviction, professional license action or past notary complaint, cannot be expedited. If the expedited fee is included, it will either be returned or refunded.
- Copies of the notary bond can be requested with the Public Record Request Form (PDF) for $3.10. A notary application is not available for public inspection or duplication, and can only be released by order of a subpoena.
- If you have any questions, please call us at 602-542-6187 or 1-800-458-5842 or email us.
Where to File
Filing By Mail
Secretary of State
Attn: Notary Dept.
1700 W. Washington Street, Fl. 7
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2808
In-Person Filing - Phoenix Office
State Capitol Executive Tower
1700 W. Washington Street
In-Person Filing - Tucson Office
Arizona State Complex Building
400 West Congress
First Floor, Suite 141