How much will a notary bond cost in Missouri?
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Why do I need this bond?
Notaries in Missouri must submit a $10,000 surety bond to the Secretary of State prior to being commissioned.
Missouri notary bonds protect the public and state from financial losses and other consequences resulting from a notary public’s wrongdoings. The bond ensures compensation for an individual harmed as a result of errors or mistakes committed by a notary while on the job. Common errors committed by notaries include the following:
- Notarizing a signature that the notary knows to be false or fraudulent
- Notarizing a family member’s document
- Notarizing a document that includes or benefits the notary
- Notarizing his or her own signature
What’s the fine print?
This bond is required by the Secretary of State of Missouri and is issued to coincide with the notary’s four-year term. The surety must give the obligee at least 30 days’ notice prior to cancelling the bond.
The notary can only notarize documents in Missouri. A proper notarization must contain the following four items:
- Signature of notary
- Notarial certificate stating the document was signed before notary
- Signature of the notary as commissioned
- Seal or stamp of notary public
How to become a notary in Missouri
Applications for commission as a notary public can be downloaded from the linked commissions form. To become a notary public in Missouri, all applicants must adhere to the following requirements:
- Minimum 18 years of age
- Registered voter in county for which he or she is commissioned or applying to be commissioned
- Reside in said county
- Ability to read and write in English
- Commission not revoked during past 10 years
Prior to submission of the application, each applicant should read the Missouri notary public handbook and complete computer-based training or other notary training in an acceptable manner. The application must be typed and requires a $25 fee.