Arkansas Notary - American Association of Notaries

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Welcome to the American Association of Notaries. Since 1994, we've helped hundred of thousands of people in Arkansas and across the country become notaries. With our guidance and expertise, you will become a skilled Arkansas notary capable of providing accurate and efficient notarial services.
That is our mission.

The American Association of Notaries is the only source you need to become an Arkansas notary. We can assist you with:

The Arkansas Notary Application Process - simple, cost-effective, and worry-free!

Arkansas Notary Bonds and Insurance - to protect the public and you!

High Quality Arkansas Notary Stamps and Notary Supplies - at a savings of 40% or more and a lifetime replacement guarantee!

Notary Training - We teach you how to perform your notarial duties according to notary law, which will reduce your liability.

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Notary Stamps

Our notary stamps conform to Arkansas notary law requirements and are manufactured in-house using only the highest-quality materials.

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Notary Seals

All of our Arkansas notary seal embossers are laser engraved and require minimal effort to produce sharp raised notary seal impressions.

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Notary Supplies

The AAN is one of the nation's top providers of quality notary supplies. We offer a lifetime warranty on all of our notary supplies.

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Notary Books

Our notary journals are easy to use and conform to Arkansas state notary laws. Every notary supplies order includes a free e-notary guide.

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Informational Arkansas Notary Articles


Notaries and the Unauthorized Practice of Law

Unless a notary is also a licensed attorney, he or she may not give legal advice or accept fees for legal advice. In civil-law jurisdictions, and in most common-law jurisdictions outside the United States, notaries are essentially lawyers who have extensive training in the drafting of documents. However, American common-law notaries do not have any legal authority unless they happen to also be a licensed attorney. As a result, it would be considered unauthorized practice of law for a non-attorney notary to give legal advice.

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Can a Notary Use a Signature Stamp to Notarize Documents?

Most notaries are accustomed to using a stamp to affix their official statement of authority as a notary public. This leads notaries to wonder if they can also utilize a rubber stamp, which is easier to use, in affixing their signature to notarial certificates. If you are a notary who notarizes multiple documents a day, using a signature stamp can be a tempting way to avoid hand cramping and carpal tunnel. However, laws that regulate the acts of notaries are often very strict. This includes using a facsimile signature stamp in lieu of a handwritten or wet signature.

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How to Become an Arkansas Notary:

Compared to other states, Arkansas has few eligibility requirements to become a notary. The process is simple and affordable (from $50.00) for a ten-year Arkansas notary term. To become a notary in Arkansas, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be a legal resident of the State of Arkansas
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent U.S. resident
  • Be able to read, write, and understand the English language
  • Have not been convicted of a felony
  • Have not have a notary commission revoked in the last ten years

If you meet these qualification requirements, follow the steps below to become an Arkansas notary.

  1. Review Arkansas notary law. All Arkansas notary public applicants are required to review and understand the Arkansas notary laws and pass a test administered by the Arkansas Secretary of State. Reading the Arkansas notary manual will help you understand the duties, powers, and prohibited acts and pass the notary exam. Click here to download the Arkansas notary manual.
  2. Pass a notary exam on the state website. Create a free account at http://bcs.sos.arkansas.gov. All new and renewing applicants are required to take a multiple-choice exam and must receive a passing grade of 80%. Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to create an account, take the exam and start the application process on the Arkansas Secretary of State website.
  3. Complete an Arkansas notary application on the state’s website. Upon successful completion of the exam, you will be immediately directed to the Arkansas notary application page. You must complete all the required steps of the application before logging out, otherwise you will have to take the exam again.
  4. Order a ten-year, $7500 Arkansas notary bond. The bond is required by the state to protect the public from errors made by the notary. The cost of the notary bond is $50.00. Click here to order an Arkansas notary bond.
  5. Mail your completed Arkansas notary application to the state. Print and return your completed online notary application with your original signature, copy of the surety bond and $20 application fee to the Secretary of State’s Office. You may also submit it by mail or in person. Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing. If you include an email address while completing the notary application, you will receive a notification when your notary application has been accepted and processed.
  6. Purchase a notary stamp and a notary journal to authenticate and record notarized documents. All of our Arkansas notary stamps and seals are made inhouse and come with a lifetime warranty. No questions asked! We will ship your notary supplies once we receive a copy of your Arkansas notary commission certificate. Click here to order an Arkansas notary stamp and a record book.
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Arkansas 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 (established 1900). Kal Tabbara is a licensed insurance agent in Arkansas.