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How much does a California notary bond cost?
California notary bonds cost $50 for the state required 4-year term. Packages that include errors and omissions coverage are also available. Including errors and omissions insurance with your bond ensures you're not held personally liable for mistakes made while notarizing documents.
How do you get a California notary bond?
To get a notary bond, select the errors and omissions package you would like and provide the following information to buy your bond securely online in minutes 24/7.
- commission date
Buy now to instantly receive a copy of your bond by email.
How fast can I get a notary bond in California?
SuretyBonds.com offers instant California notary surety bond purchasing 24/7. Purchase now and receive your bond confirmation delivered in minutes by email. Your official bond will be delivered based on the shipping selection you choose during checkout.
What is a California notary public bond?
California Government Code sections 8212-8213 requires individuals to purchase and file a notary public surety bond before becoming authorized to perform notarial acts.
By purchasing and filing a notary bond in California, notaries pledge they will perform all duties according to laws as outlined in the state's notary handbook. If the principal fails to do so, the bond protects harmed parties from financial loss up to the full amount of the bond. The principal would then reimburse the surety company for any claims 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.
Who regulates notaries in California?
The California Secretary of State enforces appointment, commission, and bond requirements for notaries working in the state. Additional notary information can be found on the SOS website or by contacting your county recorder.
Who needs a California notary public bond?
California code requires notaries public to file $15,000 surety bonds before being appointed to notarize documents within the state. After getting a bond, notaries can use their stamp to officially notarize a document.
How long is a California notary bond term?
California notary bonds are issued for 4-year terms. They remain in full force for entire duration of the term unless canceled by the surety. The bond's effective date must match the notary's commission date.
How do I update or change my California notary public bond form/documentation?
If the California 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:
- notary public name
- notary public address
- notary oath commissioned county
How do I renew my notary public surety bond in California?
California notary surety bonds must be renewed whenever the current 4-year term expires. Once you pay your SuretyBonds.com renewal invoice, a new surety bond form will be issued and sent to you.
What do you need to become a notary in California?
Every person appointed as a notary public in California must meet these filing requirements.
- Be at least 18 years old
- 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