Your One-Stop Shop to Become a Notary in Arkansas 


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

To become a notary in Arkansas, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older

  • Be a legal resident of Arkansas or a legal resident of an adjoining state and employed by or operating a business in Arkansas

  • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent U.S. resident

  • Be able to read, write, and understand the English language

  • Not have been convicted of a felony

  • Not have had a notary commission revoked in the last ten years

  • Review the notary law concerning notaries public in Arkansas and understand the duties of an Arkansas notary public.

  • Pass an open book exam on the Arkansas Secretary of State's website

  • Complete a web-based notary application on the Secretary of State's website

  • Order a ten-year, $7,500 Arkansas notary bond. The cost of the notary bond is $50

  • Mail the notarized application, the notary bond, and a $20.00 application fee to the Arkansas Secretary of State

  • Visit your county's recorder of deeds to get sworn in and to sign the oath of commission certificates in front of the circuit or county clerk

  • Return the signed oath of commission certificate to the Secretary of State to receive your Arkansas notary commission 

  • Purchase a notary stamp when approved as an Arkansas notary

How to Apply For an Arkansas Notary Commission


Order a ten-year, $7,500 Arkansas notary bond

The state requires all notary applicants to provide  proof  of a ten-year , $7,500 notary bond. The notary bond protects the public from a notary's errors and omissions. Click here to order a notary bond. 

Complete an online notary application and exam

All notary applicants must complete a web-based notary application on the Arkansas Secretary of State's website and pass an open-book notary exam administered by the Secretary of State.

Mail the notary application to the State

Print and mail your notarized notary application with your original signature, a copy of the notary bond, and a $20 application fee to the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office. Allow two to four weeks for processing.

Take the oath of office

Once your application is approved, you will receive two sets of oath of commission certificates. Take them, along with the original notary bond, to the county's recorder of deed to 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 public identification card and notary certificate of commission.

Purchase Arkansas notary supplies

At a minimum, you will need an Arkansas notary stamp to perform notarial acts. Save up to 40% on notary supplies. All our notary stamps are made in-house, comply with Arkansas notary law,  and come with a lifetime warranty.

Email us a copy of your commission certificate.

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

Arkansas Notary Value Package I


Everything you need to become a notary in Arkansas 

Only $79.95*
Includes a One-year Membership to AAN

Limited time offer - save up to 40% on notary supplies

This Arkansas notary package includes:
Ten-year, $7,500 Arkansas notary bond ($50)**
Trodat self-inking rectangular notary stamp (item # AR201)**
Arkansas notary record book (item # AR702) **
One-year membership to AAN (a $19 value included with your notary supplies order at no additional cost to you)
Ten years of expert support (includes help with notary procedures, name/address updates, and more)
Your Cost: Only $79.95*

* The  Arkansas Notary Value Package I may be purchased separately at the same net savings without the state mandatory ten-year, $7,500 notary bond for $29.95 plus $7.95 for shipping. Enter item # P101 on the order form. The Arkansas Notary Value Package II may be purchased separately at the same net savings without the state mandatory ten-year, $7,500 notary bond for $39.95 plus $7.95 for shipping. Enter item # P102 on the order form. The Arkansas ten-year, $7,500 notary bond may also be purchased separately for $50. Discounts and savings apply only to supplies. 

**Required by law

Six Simple Steps to Become a Notary in Arkansas 


  1. Order a ten-year, $7,500 Arkansas notary bond.

    The notary bond is required by the State for all notary applicants. During the notary application process on the Arkansas Secretary of State's website, you will be asked to enter the notary bond number, the bonding company name, and the notary bond issue date and effective date. We will provide you with the notary bond information you need to complete the notary application on the State's website. Save time! No need to wait for days to receive your Arkansas notary bond. You can now order and download the notary bond instantly upon checkout. The cost of the notary bond is only $50.

  2. Review the Arkansas notary law.

    All Arkansas notary public applicants are required to review and understand the Arkansas notary laws and pass a notary exam administered by the Arkansas Secretary of State. Reading the Arkansas Notary Public & eNotary Handbook  will help you understand the duties and powers of an Arkansas notary as well as the prohibited notarial acts. The handbook will also equip you with the knowledge to pass the open-book notary exam administered by the Arkansas Secretary of State.

  3. Complete the Arkansas notary application.

    The Secretary of State requires all Arkansas notary applicants to complete a web-based notary application on their website. The notary application cannot be submitted online. You need to print and mail the application with a copy of the notary bond and a $20 application fee. Once you purchase the notary bond, follow the steps below to start the notary application:

    1. Go to the Arkansas Secretary of State’s website.
    2. Click on “Create an account” or log in to your account.
    3. Click on the “Notary” tab in the menu on the top and select “Notary Registration.”
    4. Take the notary exam administered by the Arkansas Secretary of State.
    5. Complete and print the Arkansas notary application.
    6. Complete and sign the affidavit section of the application before a notary public.
    7. Mail the completed notary application, a copy of the notary bond that you downloaded on our website, and the $20.00 filing fee to the State.
  4. Take the oath of office.

    Two to four weeks after you mail in your notary application, the State will send you two sets of oath of commission certificates in the mail. Take them, along with the original notary bond, to the county's recorder of deeds in your county of commission. Sign the forms and take the oath of office before a clerk. There will be a separate fee paid to the county for this filing. Return one of the signed oath of commission certificates to the Secretary of State's Office. The state will then mail you a notary identification card and a certificate of commission. Your commission is not valid until you file the completed oath of commission with both the county recorder of deeds and the Secretary of State.

  5. Order your Arkansas notary supplies.

    Save up to 40% on the same Arkansas notary supplies that you may find somewhere else plus receive a free one-year membership in the American Association of Notaries at no additional cost (a $19 value). We offer only the highest-quality products, which comply with all Arkansas legal requirements for notaries. All our Arkansas notary stamps are manufactured in-house, and we stand behind them 100%. All our notary supplies come with a LIFETIME REPLACEMENT GUARANTEE – no questions asked! 

  6. Receive your notary supplies.

    Email a copy of your Arkansas notary certificate of commission to sales@usnotaries.com or fax it to 1-713-649-0011 so we can prepare and ship your Arkansas notary supplies.

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.