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For Arkansas Notaries

Last Modified Date: Jul 10, 2022

Arkansas notaries must complete the following steps to ensure they have the necessary training, tools, and credentials before performing notarizations on the Notarize platform.

All notaries

Obtain a Traditional Notarial Commission

Your traditional commission allows you to perform in-person notarizations. To obtain your traditional commission, follow these instructions from the Secretary of State. After obtaining your commission, you must provide information about and upload a copy of your certificate of commission or notary public identification card to your profile.

Purchase a Digital Certificate from IdenTrust

A digital certificate is an electronic credential that is used to digitally tamper seal notarized documents. You must purchase a digital certificate from IdenTrust and upload it to your profile.

Obtaining a digital certificate from IdenTrust takes between 3 and 5 days. You may choose any of the three IGC Agencies Basic Assurance Unaffiliated certificate options:

  • 1 Year - $66.00
  • 2 Year - $118.00
  • 3 Year - $157.00

We will not accept digital certificates issued by other vendors.

Important: Make sure the name on your digital certificate is identical to the name on your commission documentation. Differences between the name on your digital certificate and the one in your documentation will delay approval of your notary profile.

Please note: IdenTrust requires you to provide certain personal information to validate your identity prior to issuing to you a digital certificate. Directions for acquiring your digital certificate are available here, and directions for downloading your digital certificate and uploading it to the Notarize platform are available here.


Obtain E&O Insurance Policy

Errors and omissions insurance protects you from liability for false claims or unintentional notarial mistakes or omissions. You must provide information about and upload a copy of an errors and omissions insurance policy for at least $25,000 to the platform.

Generate an Electronic Signature and Notarial Seal in the Notarize Platform

Your electronic signature and seal are used to sign and seal notarized documents. Do not purchase them from other vendors as they will both be freely provided to you by the Notarize platform.

The information that you provide during onboarding will be used to automatically generate a seal that complies with the particular legal requirements of your state.

You will also create your signature during onboarding and are responsible to make sure that it matches your signature on file with the Secretary of State.

Obtain Authorization to Perform Online Notarizations

To obtain authorization to perform online notarizations, log in here and submit your Online Application for Electronic Notary Commission along with a $25 fee to the Secretary of State.

 

Complete State-Required Education

After your Application for Electronic Notary Commission is accepted and every 2 years for the duration of your commission, you must complete a course and exam from the Secretary of State (course details available here). After you complete the course and exam, you must note the date of its expiration and upload proof of its completion to your profile.

If you have any questions, reach out to the Secretary of State's office at this email: notary@sos.arkansas.gov.

 

Complete Notarize Platform Certification

After you complete the steps outlined above, you will be sent a link to a course and assessment of your understanding of the Notarize platform. You must complete the course and score 80% or higher on the assessment.

Additional On-Demand Notary Requirements