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AZ notary services

An Arizona notary public is appointed by the State to serve as impartial witness to the signature of important documents. The person is a responsible individual with integrity who has been trained to serve. People need notary services for important legal documents which must be officially validated.

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Why notaries are so important

Here in Arizona, a notary public is defined as a “public officer” commissioned the Secretary of State in order to perform notarial acts. A notary must act as an impartial witness, without any conflicts.

That means a notary cannot be a party to the transaction they’re notarizing or allowed to have any financial interest or benefit from that transaction. This also means that notaries can’t notarize their own signatures, nor the signatures of anyone related to them by a marriage or adoption. [ARS 41-328(B)]

The main purpose of the notary is to reduce the possibility of fraud, forgery, identity theft, and similar crimes. That task is accomplished by requiring that a signer (signatory) to appear before the notary in person, and prove identity by showing identification.

The notary seal

A notary’s seal on a legal document shows it’s been notarized as outlined above. Here are the State-mandated requirements, so you can better recognize how a valid notary seal should look:
  • Rubber stamp not larger than 1.5 inches high and 2.5 inches wide, or 1.5 inches in a round shape
  • Dark ink with allowed colors black, dark purple, dark blue, dark green, or brown
  • Red ink or any color not easily photocopied is not allowed
  • Must contain the words “Notary Public” as well as the notary’s name, as well as the Great Seal of the State of Arizona
  • As a fairly recent requirement, the notary’s seal must now also contain their commission number [ARS 41-313(D)(2)]

Notarize a signature

Notarizing the signatures on AZ legal documents usually means administering oaths and taking acknowledgments. Assuming your document is prepared correctly, and also assuming you satisfactorily identify yourself to the notary and assert you’re willing to sign, then he oath is administered as prescribed by law.

It’s a simple question to be answered affirmatively: “Do you solemnly swear the information contained in this document is the truth, so help you God?”

Religious objections against swearing an oath

If religious or philosophical beliefs would prevent you from invoking the Deity or swearing an oath, don’t worry – Arizona law allows an acceptable alternative way to ask if you’ll speak truthfully:

“Do you solemnly affirm under the penalties of perjury the information contained in your document is the truth?”

The acknowledgment

Acknowledgments are also included within Arizona notary services. An acknowledgment simply means you’ll be asked if you acknowledge the validity of the document, understand its meaning, and declare that you’re signing it voluntarily for the purpose described within.

Notary services for the blind

A blind person can sign documents for notarization, but the notary must first read aloud the text of the legal document to be signed. The same as with sighted people, the notary must also ask questions and confirm the identity of each signer.

Notary qualifications

Since a notary must be reliable and honest, the State requires them to meet standard qualifications. An applicant who wishes to become an AZ notary must be:
  • Arizona resident at least 18 years old
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Proficient in reading and writing English
  • Have no felony conviction unless civil rights were restored, and
  • Have no other convictions involving issues of a nature that would be considered incompatible with notarial duties, such as fraud or identity theft
  • Have no license revocation or suspension for any sort of dishonesty or misconduct in another profession (e.g. attorney or accountant)

An AZ notary can only legalize documents when they’re physically here in Arizona. Likewise, a notary’s commission (State’s permission to notarize documents) is not transferrable to other persons, nor is it transferrable if the notary moves to another state. In other words, only that authorized individual notary can notarize the document, and only when they’re both inside Arizona.

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