Arkansas Notary Bond
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How much does an Arkansas notary bond cost?
Arkansas notary bond costs start at $50 for the state-required 10-year term. Packages that include 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.
How do I get a notary bond in Arkansas?
Select the errors and omissions insurance package you would like. Then provide your name and county to buy your bond securely online in minutes 24/7. Once your order has been processed, your official bond documents will be delivered to your email.
How fast can I get an Arkansas notary bond?
You can purchase your Arkansas notary surety bond online 24/7. You’ll receive your official bond by email once your order has been processed. Orders received by 4 PM CST Monday-Friday are typically emailed same-day.
What are Arkansas notary bonds?
Arkansas A.C.A 21-14-101 requires individuals file $7,500 Arkansas notary bonds as part of the appointment process. If a notary public fails to comply with the notarial handbook, a claim can be filed against the bond. If the claim is valid, the surety company will cover financial losses up to the full bond amount. The notary must then reimburse the bonding company for all damages paid out.
These bonds may be canceled by the surety at any time, but a written cancellation notice must be mailed to the Insurance Commissioner 60 days in advance.
Who regulates notaries in Arkansas?
The Arkansas Secretary of State Business & Commercial Services (BCS) regulates notaries public appointed in the state.
Who needs an Arkansas notary bond?
Individuals seeking to become appointed as a notary in their county in Arkansas must provide the Secretary of State with a $7,500 notary public surety bond for their notary commission term.
Why do I need an Arkansas notary bond?
By purchasing and filing these bonds, individuals agree to fulfill the following notary duties when officially notarizing documents.
- Being present at the signing
- Personally knowing the signer
- Having proof to identify the signer
- Recognizing a signature by virtue of familiarity
How do I update or change my Arkansas notary public bond?
If the Arkansas Secretary of State requires your surety bond documentation to be updated for any reason, contact your surety provider. If you purchased your bond from SuretyBonds.com, email [email protected] to explain the needed change.
The most common changes for these bonds include:
How do I renew my notary bond in Arkansas?
Arkansas notary public bonds must be renewed whenever the current 10-year term expires. Once you pay your SuretyBonds.com renewal invoice, a new notary public surety bond form will be issued and sent to you for your next notary commission term.
How do I become a notary public in Arkansas?
The Arkansas Secretary of State requires a completed application, a $20 application fee, and a $7,500 surety bond to become a licensed notary public. Applicants for notary public license renewal must include their commission number on the application.
To be eligible to be a notary public, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States
- Be a legal resident of Arkansas or a legal resident of an adjoining state and employed in Arkansas or a nonresidential spouse of a United States military employee
- Have the ability to read and write English
- Have not had a notary commission revoked in the past 10 years
- Have not had any felony convictions
- Include residential address (but if applicant lives in adjoining state, is a nonresidential spouse of a military employee, or operates a business in Arkansas, applicant must include business address and residential address)
- Have reviewed the laws concerning notaries public and understand the duties of a notary public