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How much does a notary public bond cost in Kentucky?
The Kentucky Secretary of State Notary Public Division requires notaries public to purchase surety bonds before being commissioned. The amount of coverage required is $1,000 and is established by the county clerk. Kentucky notary bonds cost between $80 and $120, depending on the selected amount of errors and omissions coverage.
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.
Why do I need a Kentucky notary bond?
By posting a bond, the notary public agrees to perform all notarial duties according to laws enforced by the county and state. If a principal (notary) fails to do so, harmed parties such as the state or county government can file a claim against the bond as a way to recover damages. The principal is responsible for reimbursing the surety for any claims paid out.
How to become a notary in Kentucky
In order to become a notary public in Kentucky, applicants must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Possess good moral character
- Reside or work in the county the application is for
- Be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States
- Be able to read and write in English
- Mail a completed notary application form along with the $10 fee to:
P.O. Box 821
Frankfort, KY 40602-0821
Applications must be signed by the county clerk, circuit clerk, judge executive, justice of the peace, or member of the General Assembly of the county in which the applicant is applying to act as a notary.
Kentucky notary bonds remain in effect for four years. If the terms of the bond agreement are violated, the bond may be voided. Otherwise, it will remain in full effect.
How to perform remote notarizations in Kentucky
Commissioned and active notaries public can receive authorization to perform remote notarizations by notifying the Kentucky Secretary of State. Applicants must send the following information to [email protected]:
- Remote online notarization form
This requires applicants to identify the technology platform(s) they intend to use while performing notarial acts. Kentucky’s list of vendors can be found on the form.
- Copy of your $1,000 surety bond
- Sample of your digital certificate (including your electronic signature and digital stamp if a stamp is being used)