Little Rock, AR, Wednesday, July 22, 2015

New Notary Public Application System

The Business and Commercial Services Division of the Secretary of State (BCS) is excited to announce a new and improved system for the commissioning of notaries public in Arkansas. During Secretary Martin’s first term, we automated many of the commonly used services of BCS such as “Auto-Drop” for corporate filings and online submissions for non-profit annual reports. The new online notary system is another step in making our services more accessible to our constituents and is a great way to begin Secretary Martin’s second term. The new system, which launched in early May of this year, will enhance not only the commissioning process of new and renewing notaries, but will also improve the ability for notaries to manage their commission records throughout their ten-year terms.

After an extensive search, the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office selected PCC Technology Group as the vendor for this project. PCC has created similar systems for many other states including Connecticut and New Mexico. The new system will replace the outdated Windows 2000-based software which had been used by BCS since the early part of this millennium. Users now have an improved commissioning experience as a “wizard” will guide the applicants through their online application.

The system’s new web-portal is located at http://bcs.sos.arkansas.gov. The online wizard will reduce common errors which can cause time-sensitive interruptions in the application process. Applicants will be able to better track the status of their application through the online search page and email notifications. The online system is available for current notaries as well to make changes and amendments to their record throughout their commission.
http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/BCS/Documents/Summer2015ArkInc.pdf