How to purchase a notary bond in Arizona
The state of Arizona requires notary publics to post a surety bond to be eligible to operate in the state. The bonds protect the public from any financial losses resulting from the notary’s negligence or misconduct. They are issued for four-year terms and remain in effect unless canceled by the surety company.
You can apply online for the bond directly through a surety company or agency. After your application is approved, you will receive a surety bond quote with the bond premium. If you accept the quote, you pay the premium and the surety company issues you the bond.
Unlike other types of surety bonds, Arizona notary bonds do not require a credit check as part of the underwriting process. As a result, the bonds are often issued instantly upon completing the application.
How much is a notary bond in Arizona?
All Arizona notary publics must post a $5,000 surety bond. The surety company issuing the bond determines the percentage of the total bond amount you need to pay as a premium. Premiums for Arizona notary public bonds generally cost $30.
How to become a notary in Arizona?
To be appointed as an Arizona notary public, you must meet the following requirements set forth by the Arizona Secretary of State:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Must reside in the State of Arizona
- Must never have been convicted of a felony
- Must not have had notary public commission revoked in the past four years
If you meet these requirements, you can receive your notary commission by completing the following steps:
- Post the $5,000 surety bond
- Complete the online notary application
- Purchase notary supplies
- Take an oath of office
- Obtain errors and omissions insurance (optional)
There is a $43 filing fee for the notary application and surety bond. For more details on becoming a notary public in Arizona, you can visit the Secretary of State website.