Business & Commercial Services (BCS)


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Notary Handbook

The Business and Commercial (BCS) Services Division of the Secretary of State records and certifies Notaries Public for the State of Arkansas. A Notary Public verifies the identity of an individual who appears before them. The Notary acts as an official and unbiased witness to the identity of a person whether the person is taking an oath, giving oral or written testimony, or acknowledging his/her signature on a legal document.

To apply for (register) or renew a notary commission or to change (amend) your address you will create a new user account If you created an online user account prior to 1/25/2024 you will need to create a new one. 

For instructions on using the system, refer to the Notary System User Guide. For step by step instructions on the application process and notary rules and procedures refer to the Notary Handbook (interim edition). 

Pursuant to Act 215 of 2019, if you are a non-resident spouse of a United States military service member working in Arkansas, or operating a business in Arkansas, and wish to become an Arkansas Notary Public, please contact our office at 501-682-1010.

For all questions regarding the Notary Public, please contact our office at 501-682-1010 or email us at


Registration of Facsimile Signature of Public Officials

Arkansas law permits a public official to use a facsimile signature in lieu of his or her manual signature on any public security or any instrument of payment.  The public official must first register his or her manual signature with the Arkansas Secretary of State's office, pursuant to Arkansas Code Annotated 21-10-102.