Notary Public and eNotary
The Business and Commercial (UCC) Services Division of the Secretary of State records and certifies Notaries Public for the State of Arkansas. A Notary Public verifies the identity on an individual who appears before them. The Notary acts as an official and unbiased witness to the identity of a person whether the person be taking an oath, giving oral or written testimony, or acknowledging his/her signature on a legal document.
Becoming an Electronic Notary Public
The Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office is the implementing office for electronic notarizations. This process allows notarizations to be conducted electronically and transmitted quickly from one location to another.
Arkansas notary laws fully apply to e-notaries. The notary should be familiar with the law’s requirements.
To become an e-notary, the applicant must already be an Arkansas notary public in good standing.
Due to an upgrade in the eNotary application software, applications currently cannot be accepted and processed. Beginning in mid-May, the eNotary application process will move to an online portal. For more information about this process, please contact Danielle Fusco at eNotary@sos.arkansas.gov.
The applicant must successfully complete the free training class offered through the Secretary of State’s office, including a passing score on the exam.
The Secretary of State’s office will send to the applicant a Certificate of Electronic Commission. Upon receiving the certificate, the notary will select one of the approved Electronic Solution Providers listed on the Secretary of State’s website.
The notary should research each of the solution providers carefully to determine which service best meets needs of their specific organization. Consider the cost of the solution, the technology used, how the solution will fit with the documents to be electronically notarized and the security required for the transactions.
The notary should then apply to the solution provider of his or her choice, following the solution provider’s procedures.
The notary’s electronic commission is concurrent with the traditional paper commission. When the paper commission expires, so does the e-commission. To renew, the notary must first renew the traditional paper commission, then renew the e-commission.
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