How to become an Arkansas Notary
- Be 18 years or older
- Be a United States citizen, or a permanent resident alien with proof of Declaration of Domicile
- Be a legal resident of Arkansas, or a legal resident of an adjoining state and employed in Arkansas
- Be able to read and write English
- Must have a business or residence address in Arkansas
- Must not have had a prior notary commission revoked in the past 10 years
- Must never been convicted of a felony
- Meet the eligibility requirements
- Properly complete and submit a notary application form to the Secretary of State with a filing fee of $20 and include a copy of the $7,500 bond. Click here to download the application forms.
- Upon approval, the Secretary of State will issue 3 original certificates of commission
- Within 30 days, the notary files with the circuit clerk in the county where he/she resides or in the county where employed an original notary public certificate/oath form
- Return an original signed certificate of commission to the Secretary of State to complete the approval process
Business and Commercial Services Division
1401 West Capitol, Suite 250
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201-1094
(501) 682-3409 or toll free: (888) 233-0325
Type – embosser or rubber-inked stamp
Ink color – Blue or Black ink only. The seal shall be clear and legible and capable of photographic reproduction.
Required elements: - notary public’s name, commission expiration date, the commission number, and the words “Notary Public,” and “Arkansas” and the county where the bond is filed. The seal is the exclusive property of the notary public and must not be surrendered to an employer upon termination/resignation.
Use of facsimile seal is authorized on commercial documents in lieu of the notary’s manual seal, but the facsimile seal must be in blue or black ink. The notary must register with the Secretary of State a general description of the types of commercial documents to be notarized by facsimile seal. The notary must also submit with the Secretary of State the written consent of any other person or persons signing the commercial documents to the use of the notary’s facsimile seal on the commercial documents.
An employer may not retain the notary records and/or seal of an employee who is a notary public upon termination of employment.
The notary shall sign his or her official signature in blue or black ink on every notarial certificate he or she notarizes. Use of facsimile signature is authorized on commercial documents in lieu of the notary’s manual signature, but the facsimile signature must be in blue or black ink. The notary must register with the Secretary of State his or her manual signature certified by the notary’s oath. The notary must also file with the Secretary of State 1) a general description of the types of commercial documents to be notarized by facsimile signature; 2) the name and manual signature of any other person or persons signing the commercial documents by manual or facsimile signature; and 3) the written consent of any other person or persons signing the commercial documents to the use of the notary’s facsimile signature on the commercial documents.
- Acknowledgments $5.00
- Oaths or affirmations $5.00
- Jurats $5.00
- Protests $5.00
- Certify affidavits $5.00
- Certify depositions $5.00
- Copy certification $5.00
- A notary may charge for actual round trip mileage, using the federal rate for mileage reimbursement, between the location of service by the notary public and the place of residence or business of the notary public, whichever distance is less.
- Take acknowledgments
- Administer oaths or affirmations
- Protest instruments
- Swearing witnesses
- Taking affidavits
- Taking depositions under Rule 28 of the Arkansas Rules of Civil Procedure and Rule 28 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
- Perform copy certification of non-recordable documents
- submit an application for commission and appointment that contains substantial and material misstatement or omission of fact
- perform acts that constitute the practice of law
- use the phrase “notario” or “notario publico” to advertise notary services
- claim to have powers, qualifications, rights or privileges that the office of notary public does not provide, including the power to counsel on immigration matters
- notarize a document without the signer being in the notary’s presence
- notarize a document if the notary is named in it
- notarize a document in which the notary has a financial or beneficial interest in the transaction
- charge fees higher than allowed by law
- notarize with the intent to deceive or defraud
- improperly notarize documents
Revised: July 2015
Notary bonds and errors and omissions insurance policies provided by this insurance agency, the American Association of Notaries, Inc., are underwritten by Western Surety Company, Universal Surety of America, or Surety Bonding Company of America, which are subsidiaries of CNA Surety. The American Association of Notaries is owned by Kal Tabbara, a licensed insurance agent.