VOL. 17 ISSUE NO. 25   |   JUNE 22 – 31, 2011

jUNE 22, 2011

New Laws Governing Notaries Posted on Secretary of State Website

PHOENIX – Arizona's notaries public perform an extensive array of services.  From deterring fraud to authenticating signatures, notaries provide an essential service that government offices, businesses and the public rely on.

As a part of their responsibilities, notary's must be watchful for changes in the laws that govern the process of notarizing official documents.  It's with that in mind that Secretary of State Ken Bennett today posted new laws going into effect next month on the SoS website.

"The rules and regulations that notaries have the responsibility of enforcing are complex and constantly changing," said Secretary Bennett.  "These licensed state officers provide efficient and cost-effective services for who need commercial or personal documents notarized, affidavits taken or administration of oaths.  As the office who commissions notaries, we felt that it was important to provide a quick update on changes in the law that go into effect on July 20, 2011.

"In addition to viewing the update, people can learn more about becoming a notary public by visiting our website, www.azsos.gov/business_Services/notary."

In Arizona, notaries public are public officers commissioned by the Secretary of State to perform notarial acts, as defined in the Arizona Revised Statutes § 41-328.  To become an Arizona Notary Public, you must meet be an Arizona resident; at least 18 years old; and not have been convicted of a felony unless your civil rights have been restored.

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