Are you a current or aspiring notary public in Arkansas seeking more flexibility and freedom (or even a boost in income)? Today, we’re covering how to become a remote online notary. We cover the steps required to become certified and how to select a reliable RON platform so you can start working remotely as quickly as possible.

What is an online notary?

An online notary is certified and equipped to notarize documents over a secure online platform rather than conducting in-person meetings with signees. Remote online notarization (RON) uses audiovisual technology, like video calls, to complete the notarization process remotely. Notaries can verify the signee’s identity and witness a document’s signing online.

This modern approach offers convenience and accessibility, especially when in-person meetings are challenging. Remote online notaries provide more flexibility and efficiency in our fast-paced world.

How to Become a Notary in Arkansas

To become a notary in Arkansas, follow these steps:

  • Meet the state requirements, including being at least 18, a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., and able to read and write English. You must also be an Arkansas resident or reside in a bordering state and be employed or operating a business in Arkansas. Nonresident spouses of U.S. military service members employed/operating business in Arkansas are also eligible.
  • Purchase a $7,500 notary bond (for $100). 
  • Go to the Secretary of State’s website and create an account.
  • Take and pass an exam online.
  • Submit an application, which includes an affidavit you must sign and have notarized.
  • Purchase your notary seal.

How to Become an Online Notary in Arkansas

Once you’ve become a notary public, you can apply to become an online notary! Here’s how:

1. Complete an application.

Submit the “Online Application for Electronic Notary Commission” and pay a $25 fee.

2. Complete eNotary training.

You must take a training course and pass an exam.

3. Register with a state-approved RON technology provider.

Approved options include DocVerify, SIGNiX, Simplifile, Notarize, Amrock, Pavaso, and eNotaryLog.

What is an Arkansas notary bond?

A notary bond provides financial protection to the public if a notary fails to perform their duties ethically or accurately. If a notary commits fraud, makes errors or omissions, or violates their state’s notary laws, a claim can be filed against their bond.

A notary bond is a contract between three parties:

  • Notary public (the principal)
  • Surety (the financial company that issues the bond)
  • State (the obligee)

Learn more about notary bonds.

Apply for Your Arkansas Notary Bond Today

Purchasing a notary bond is a mandatory step in becoming a notary public in Arkansas. At ZipBonds, we make it fast and easy to get bonded. Apply online or call us at 888-435-4191 to work directly with an agent!