What is a notary bond?
A notary bond is a type of surety bond required by many states as a way of guaranteeing the notary will perform his or her duties ethically and in adherence with the law. If a notary fails to perform his or her duties, a claim can be made against the bond by the state and/or those harmed as a result of the notary’s actions. If this claim is valid, the bond amount can be used to reimburse the harmed parties, thereby protecting both the state and the consumers from financial loss.
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How much does a notary bond cost?
The cost of a notary bond varies from one state to another because each state has its own bonding requirements for notaries. However, notary bonds are some of the quickest and easiest bonds to issue because are issued instantly without any underwriting. To see how much your notary bond will cost, click on your state below.
Or, choose your state from the list below:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Washington D.C.
- West Virginia
Why do notaries need a surety bond?
Not all states require notaries to be bonded, so be sure to check your state’s requirements to see if you need to purchase a notary bond. The states that do require notary bonds do this because notaries are entrusted with a great deal of legal authority, and mistakes made by them can cause serious damage to their customers. Having a surety bond ensures the consumer that they will be protected if their notary does something wrong.
What is errors and omissions insurance?
Errors and omissions insurance is an optional add-on to a notary surety bond that protects notaries in the event that a client seeks financial compensation due to a mistake made by the notary. This is different than a surety bond because the bond is focused on protecting the public whereas E&O insurance is focused on protecting the notary. If a notary opts to purchase E&O insurance, it means that they will be financially protected against a lawsuit up to the policy amount they have purchased. Visit our blog to get more information on E&O insurance options.
How to get a notary bond
Notary bonds are approved instantly, so the information required is minimal. In fact, notary bonds usually only require the notary’s name, address and phone number.
Why buy your notary bond from SuretyBonds.com?
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