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California Notary Public Bond

How much does a notary public bond cost in California?

Notaries public in California must post $15,000 surety bonds before legally performing notarial acts within the state.

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Bond Type Bond Amount Cost
$15,000 Notary Bond $15,000 $50 for 4 years
$15,000 Notary Bond with Errors and Omissions Insurance $15,000 $78 for 4 years

Why do I need this bond?

By posting a notary bond in California, principals (notaries public) pledge that they will perform all duties required of him/her by the state ethically and in full compliance with all state laws. Prohibited acts under this bond include:

  • stating or implying that the notary is a licensed attorney if he or she is not legally authorized
  • soliciting and accepting compensation to prepare documents representing the interests of another person in a judicial proceeding, such as immigration to the United States or U.S. citizenship
  • influencing a person in an unlawful transaction
  • disclosing information otherwise listed as confidential
  • certifying a document containing information known by the notary to be false
  • performing a notarial act on a document that is not entirely filled out or signed
  • and more

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.

What’s the fine print?

California notary bonds remain in full force and effect until canceled. These bonds remain valid for 4 years, and the effective date 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:

  • be 18 years of age or older
  • be a legal California resident
  • complete a course of study approved by the Secretary of State
  • pass a written examination prescribed by the Secretary of State
  • clear a background check

Other requirements include:

  • submitting fingerprints via Live Scan
  • completing the commission packet
  • purchasing notary public materials
  • filing the Notary Public Oath and Bond

California Secretary of State Notary Public Checklist

California Secretary of State Qualifications

California Secretary of State Forms, Services, and Fees

California Secretary of State Frequently Asked Questions

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