Become a Notary
Every petition must be notarized, so we need volunteers to become notaries. It costs between $100 to $160 dollars to become a notary in Arizona.
- 18 years of age
- State resident for tax purposes (claim Arizona residence as primary residence on state/federal taxes)
- Citizen or legal permanent resident of U.S.
- Must read, write and understand English
- Not been convicted of a felony unless civil rights have been restored
- Not had Arizona commission revoked
You must complete the application online through the Secretary of State’s website.
The standard processing time for notary applications takes 3-4 weeks from the time the Secretary of State’s office receives the application. You may expedite the filing process, which reduces the filing time to 24-48 hours.
Once you receive your certification from the Secretary of State, you submit a copy to the bond and notary equipment provider for the manufacturing of your Notary seal stamp.
Collect a Valid Signature
We’re trying to change the law, so we must follow strict procedures. Please use these instructions exactly to make your signatures count.
Before you begin
- To qualify to collect signatures, you must be eligible to vote (in Arizona or another state)
- You may only collect signatures from Arizona registered voters
Prepare your petition
- Make sure your petition is properly assembled. The staple must never become undone—if it does, the entire petition is invalid.
- Check-mark “volunteer” in the upper right corner
- Write the county you’re collecting signatures from in the second blank above the signature table—leave the first blank empty
- Use black ink
- Make sure everyone who signs is registered in the county you wrote on the petition
- If someone from another county wants to sign, start a new petition for that county
- Each signer must fill out each field on the signature table
- They may not leave any spot blank
- They may not abbreviate the city name (“Phoenix,” not “Phx”)
- If several people from the same household want to sign, each must write their address in full—they cannot use a down arrow or quotes for “ditto”
Turn in your petitions
When you’re done with your petition, get it notarized
- Check to see if your local Safer volunteer meeting will have a notary present
- Banks also often have free notaries
Ship notarized petitions to Safer Arizona, P.O. Box 4541, Mesa, Arizona 85211
Schedule a pick-up: email SaferArizona2018@gmail.com
How to Collect a Valid Signature
Print these instructions and carry them with you. Be sure to print extra copies and include them with the petitions you distribute to other volunteers.