How much does a notary public bond cost in California?
Notary publics 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 4-year term||$15,000||$50|
|$15,000 Notary Bond with $10,000 Errors and Omissions Insurance 4-year term||$15,000||$78|
Why do I need this bond?
By posting a notary bond in California, principals (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. Prohibited acts under this bond include the following:
- Stating or implying that notary is a licensed attorney if he or she is not legally authorized
- Soliciting and accepting compensation to prepare documents representing interests of another person in a judicial proceeding, such as immigration to the United States or U.S. citizenship
- Influencing a person in unlawful transaction
- Disclosing information otherwise listed as confidential
- Certifying a document containing information known by notary to be false
- Performing a notarial act on a document that is not entirely filled out or signed
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 for four years or until canceled, 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 adhere to the following requirements:
- Minimum 18 years of age
- Legal California resident
- Complete course of study approved by Secretary of State
- Pass written examination prescribed by Secretary of State
- Clear background check
- Submit fingerprints via Live Scan
- Complete commission packet
- Purchase notary public materials
- File Notary Public Oath and bond