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California $15,000 Notary Public Bond

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How much does a notary surety bond cost in California?

California notary bonds are issued instantly online for a four-year term and cost $50. Packages that include errors and omissions coverage are also available for a higher premium. 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.

Bond Type
$15,000Notary Bondwithout Errors & Omissions
$15,000Notary Bondwith $10,000 Errors & Omissions
$15,000Notary Bondwith $20,000 Errors & Omissions
$15,000Notary Bondwith $30,000 Errors & Omissions

Why do I need a notary bond in California?

Notary publics in California must post $15,000 surety bonds before legally conducting acts as a notary public within the state. By posting a notary bond in California, notaries pledge that they will perform all duties required of him or her by the state ethically and in full compliance with all state laws.

In addition to being legally required, obtaining a notary surety bond assures the client that they are well protected, adding a dependable and reputable component to your name while legitimizing the notary service.

If the principal fails to conduct notarial acts in compliance with the letter of the law and the terms of the surety bond contract, the bond protects harmed parties from financial loss up to the full amount of the bond. The principal must pay the surety for all damages paid out.

Did you know that California process servers are also required to be bonded? Get more information regarding cost, why process servers are bonded, and how to get a bond by visiting our California process server bond page.

How long is a California notary bond term?

California notary bonds are issued for a term of four years. They remain in full force for entire duration of the term unless canceled by the surety, and the effective date of the bond must match the notary’s commission date.

How to become a notary public in California

Every person appointed as a notary public in California must adhere to the following requirements:

  • Minimum of 18 years of age
  • Complete a course of study approved by Secretary of State
  • Pass the written examination prescribed by Secretary of State
  • Clear a background check
  • Submit fingerprints via Live Scan at an approved location
  • Complete the commission packet
  • Purchase notary public materials
  • File the Notary Public Oath and bond

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