Arizona Secretary of State - Ken Bennett


 
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The Secretary of State’s Office and the State Seal

The office is required under the law to be the official keeper of the state seal. Secretary of State Ken Bennett acts as the official custodian under A.R.S. § 41-121(3).

Secretary Bennett affixes the great seal, with his attestation, to public instruments to which the official signature of the governor is attached under A.R.S. § 41-121(4). It is also attached to Secretary of State proclamations, certified copies of filed documents, to election canvass’, and the Presidential Elector Ballot - Certificate of Vote that is filed with the president of the U.S. Senate and the National Archives and Records Administration, among other public records.

Use of the Seal - Restrictions under the law

Secretary Bennett grants and denies permission to use the Great Seal of the State of Arizona under A.R.S. § 41-130 which states,

“41-130. Use of state seal restricted; violation; classification
A person may use, display or otherwise employ any facsimile, copy, likeness, imitation or other resemblance of the great seal of this state only after obtaining the approval of the secretary of state. The secretary of state may grant a certificate of approval upon application by any person showing good cause for the use of the great seal of this state for a proper purpose. The great seal of this state shall in no way be employed by anyone other than a state agency for the purpose of advertising or promoting the sale of any article of merchandise whatever within this state or for promoting any other commercial purpose. The secretary of state may promulgate rules for the use of the great seal of this state or any facsimile, copy, likeness, imitation or other resemblance of the great seal. Any person who knowingly violates this section is guilty of a class 3 misdemeanor.”

Any person who wishes to use the state seal must state their intended purpose in writing to Secretary Bennett.

Contact the office at 602-542-0681 for more information or mail your request to:

The Honorable Ken Bennett
Secretary of State
1700 W. Washington St., 7th Fl.
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Keeper of the State Seal

Arizona Revised Statutes 41-121(3)

The secretary of state shall:
Act as custodian of the great seal of this state.

 

Arizona Revised Statutes 41-121(4)

The secretary of state shall:
Affix the great seal, with the secretary of state's attestation, to public instruments to which the official signature of the governor is attached.

 

The official state seal was approved by Article 22, Section 20 of the Arizona Constitution and adopted in 1911. The state's key enterprises are symbolized on the face of the seal. The official state seal is the one described in the Arizona Constitution, the black and white version is considered the "official" version of the seal.

ยง 20. Design of state seal
Section 20. The seal of the State shall be of the
following design: In the background shall be a range
of mountains, with the sun rising behind the peaks
thereof, and at the right side of the range of
mountains there shall be a storage reservoir and a
dam, below which in the middle distance are irrigated
fields and orchards reaching into the foreground, at
the right of which are cattle grazing. To the left in the
middle distance on a mountain side is a quartz mill in
front of which and in the foreground is a miner standing
with pick and shovel. Above this device shall be the
motto: "Ditat Deus." In a circular band surrounding the
whole device shall be inscribed: "Great Seal of The
State of Arizona", with the year of admission of the
State into the Union.

 
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