What Is a Notary?
According to the National Notary Association, "a Notary Public is an official of integrity appointed by state government—typically by the secretary of state — to serve the public as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official fraud-deterrent acts related to the signing of important documents". Usually you can find a notary at a financial institution like a bank, credit union or savings and loan. If you belong to the financial institution, they might notarize your material for free. In other cases, a fee may be charged.
Where Can I Find One?
The Arizona Secretary of State offers an online Notary Locator search at
http://www.azsos.gov/scripts/Notary_Search.dll. For more information about notaries in Arizona, visit http://www.azsos.gov/business_services/notary/.
How Do I Become a Notary?
In Arizona, you will need to meet certain requirements and submit a Notary Public Application to the Arizona Secretary of State. For specific instructions, guidelines, and a printable application form, please visit the Secretary of State’s website at http://www.azsos.gov/business_services/notary/NotaryForms.htm.
"Notary Applications and Forms." Arizona Secretary of State ~ Home Page. http://www.azsos.gov/business_services/notary/NotaryForms.htm (accessed February 21, 2013).
"What Is a Notary?" National Notary Association. http://www.nationalnotary.org/resources_for_notaries/what_is_a_notary/ (accessed February 21, 2013).