Alabama Notary Bond
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How much does an Alabama notary bond cost?
Alabama notary bonds cost $50 for the state-required 4-year term. Packages including errors and omissions insurance coverage are also available. Including an errors and omissions insurance policy with your bond ensures you are not held personally liable for mistakes made while notarizing documents.
How do you get a notary surety bond in Alabama?
To get your Alabama notary bond, select the notary package you would like. Then provide your name (as it appears on your appointment letter) and county to buy your bond securely online in minutes. Once your payment is received, your official bond documents will be delivered to your email.
How fast can I get an Alabama notary bond?
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What is an Alabama notary public bond?
Code of Alabama Title 36 Chapter 20 requires individuals to purchase and file a $25,000 surety bond as part of the notary appointment application process. By purchasing and filing an Alabama notary bond, notaries agree to adhere to all regulations required for a notary commission.
The Alabama Secretary of State advises the commission date line on the middle of the form be left blank because the bond becomes effective the day it's officially filed.
Who regulates licensing for notaries in Alabama?
Notaries are appointed by county probate judges who report to the Alabama Secretary of State. Individuals should contact their local probate judge for more information on their county's specific notary bond requirements.
Why are Alabama notary bonds required?
Alabama notary bonds protect the public from financial loss resulting from the notary's unlawful actions. As outlined in the Alabama Notary Public Handbook, "A notary's duty is to make sure the signers are aware of the contents of the documents they are signing, that the signer's documents are for their true identity, and that they signed willingly without intimidation or coercion...Notaries are dutifully bound to not act in their personal interest."
How does an Alabama notary bond work?
According to Alabama law Title 36 Chapter 20, these bonds ensure funds are available to reimburse losses if a commissioned notary violates the public trust through negligence of their notarial duties.
How do I update or change my notary public surety bond form?
If your county requires your Alabama surety bond documentation to be updated for any reason, contact your surety company. If you purchased your bond from SuretyBonds.com, email [email protected] to explain the needed change.
The most common changes for these bonds include:
- effective date/bond term
How do I renew my Alabama notary public bond?
Alabama notary bonds must be renewed whenever the 4-year term expires. Once you pay your SuretyBonds.com renewal invoice, a new surety bond will be emailed to you in minutes.
What are the requirements to become a notary in Alabama?
Since each county manages its own notary public application process, individuals should contact their county's probate judge for specific appointment and registration details.
All Alabama notary applicants must meet the following requirements.
- At least 18 years old
- U.S citizen or legal permanent resident
- Resident of the Alabama county where you apply
- $25,000 notary surety bond (4-year term)
- Ink stamp
- Embossing notary seal
Notary journals are not required. More information about notary public requirements can be found on the Alabama Notary Public Appointment and Commissioning Page.
What duties are notaries public authorized to perform in Alabama?
- Administer oaths and/or affirmations
- Make signers aware of material in the documents they are signing
- Take acknowledgments or proofs (conveyances)
- Demand acceptance and payment of bills of exchange, promissory notes, and all other writings
- This may include making certified copies of register entries ONLY, when required and upon payment of fee