$25,000 Notary Bond
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How much does a $25,000 notary bond cost in Alabama?
A $25,000 notary bond in Alabama costs $50 and is good for four years. Packages including errors and omissions coverage are also available. Including errors and omissions insurance with your bond ensures you are not held personally liable for mistakes made while notarizing documents. Visit our blog for more information on this essential coverage.
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Why are Alabama notary bonds required?
The Alabama Public Service Commission requires notary publics to post a $25,000 surety bond prior to being commissioned. By posting an Alabama notary bond, notaries pledge to adhere to all regulations specified by the Alabama Secretary of State, including the Code of Alabama, Title 36, Chapter 20 concerning Notary Publics.
More specifically, these bonds protect consumers from any financial loss that results from the notary’s unlawful or unethical actions while on the job. 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.”
What are the terms of a notary bond?
Alabama notary bonds are issued for four-year terms and must be renewed at the end of each term. The effective date, name on the bond, and notary signature must match the information on the appointment letter.
How to become a notary public in Alabama
Alabama notaries are appointed and commissioned by the probate judge of the county in which notarial business will be conducted. Therefore, applications can be found at the office of the probate judge in their county of residence, or on many of the county websites. Applicants should contact their county’s probate judge for appointment and specific registration details. However, there are a few documents that are typically required for all notary applicants:
- $25,000 notary surety bond (four-year term)
- Ink stamp
- Embossing seal
- Notary education or an examination may be required at a county probate judge’s discretion
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 notary publics authorized to perform?
- Administer oaths and/or affirmations
- Take acknowledgments or proofs (conveyances)
- Demand acceptance and payment of bills of exchange, promissory notes, and all other writings
- Exercise such other powers of notaries public, according to commercial usage or the laws of Alabama
- This may include making certified copies of register entries ONLY, when required and upon payment of fee