Your One-Stop Shop to Become an Arkansas Notary


The American Association of Notaries offers a simple step-by-step guide to become an Arkansas notary. With our help, becoming an Arkansas notary is easy and hassle-free.

To become an Arkansas notary you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be an 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

How It Works


Complete an online notary application and exam

All notary applicants are requires to complete the application on the Arkansas Secretary of State's Website and pass an exam. Click here for step-by-step instructions.

Purchase a ten-year $7500 Arkansas notary bond

The notary bond is required by the state to protect the public against notary errors. Click here to purchase a notary bond.

Mail the application and the bond to the state

Return your completed notary application with your original signature, copy of the surety bond and $20 application fee to the Secretary of State’s Office. Allow 2-4 weeks for processing.

File the certificate of commission with the county's recorder of deed

Once approved, the state will send you three sets of commissions in the mail. Take them, along with the original notary bond, to the county's recorder of deed. Sign the forms and take the oath of office before a clerk. Return one of the forms to the Secretary of State. The state will mail you a notary identification card.

Purchase Arkansas notary supplies

Once approved as a Arkansas notary, you need to purchase an Arkansas notary stamp and a record book to perform notarial acts. Click here to order an Arkansas notary stamp.

Email us a copy of your commission certificate.

Fax or email a copy of your Arkansas notary commission certificate to us so we can so we can prepare and ship your Arkansas notary stamp, record book and any additional notary supplies that you have ordered.

  1. Order your four-year, $7,500 Arkansas notary bond from the American Association of Notaries.

    All new Arkansas notary public applicants are required to provide notary bond information when completing the notary application online at the Arkansas Secretary of State’s website. You are also required to mail a copy of the ten-year, $7,500 Arkansas notary bond with the application. The name on the bond must match the name you use to apply for a notary commission. To speed up the notary application commissioning process, we will email you the bond with complete instructions the same day if you order it before 12:00 noon C.T. Click on the "Add to Cart" button below to purchase the bond.

    Arkansas Notary Public Bond

    $50.00
    10-Year, $7,500 Arkansas notary bond via email in one-day
    Your Cost $50.00
  2. Review the 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.

  3. Complete and print the Arkansas notary application on the Arkansas Secretary of State’s website.

    Follow these steps to complete the notary application:

    1. Go to the Arkansas Secretary of State’s website.
    2. Click on “Create an account”
    3. Login to your account using the user ID and password that you created in step 2
    4. Click on the “Notary” tab in the menu on the top and select “Notary Registration”
    5. Take the notary exam administered by the Arkansas Secretary of State
    6. Follow the step-by-step instructions listed on the website to complete the application
    7. Print the application
    8. Complete and sign the affidavit section of the application before a notary public
    9. Mail the completed application, the bond, and $20.00 filing fee to the State.

  4. Take the oath of office before a clerk at the county's recorder of deed.

    Once approved, the state will send you three sets of commissions in the mail. Take them, along with the original notary bond, to the county's recorder of deed. Sign the forms and take the oath of office before a clerk. Return one of the forms to the Secretary of State. The state will mail you an notary identification card.

  5. Order your Arkansas notary supplies from the American Association of Notaries.

    Arkansas notary law requires that every notary use a black or blue notary seal embosser s inked stamp as long as the notary stamp impression can be reproduced under photographic methods. All of our Arkansas notary stamps, seals, and record books are made in-house, come with a lifetime replacement guarantee, and comply with Arkansas notary laws. Select one of the complete Arkansas notary supply packages from below and then click on the "Add to Cart" button.

    Value Package I


    $19.95
    Cosco self-inking notary stamp
    Item #210
    $ 9.95
    Arkansas notary record book
    Item #702
    $19.00
    Free one-year membership to AAN
    A $19.00 value included with your supply order at no additional cost
    Total Value $48.90
    Your Cost $12.95

    Value Package II


    $19.95
    Trodat self-inking notary stamp
    Item #201
    $ 9.95
    Arkansas notary record book
    Item #702
    $19.00
    Free one-year membership to AAN
    A $19.00 value included with your supply order at no additional cost
    Total Value $48.90
    Your Cost $12.95
  6. Fax or email us a copy of your Arkansas notary commission certificate.

    Once you are approved as an Arkansas notary, email or fax a copy of your Arkansas notary commission certificate to 1-800-721-2664 or sales@usnotaries.com so we can prepare and ship your Arkansas notary supply package.

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.