How much does a $10,000 Missouri notary bond cost?
A $10,000 Missouri notary bond costs $50 and includes $10,000 errors and omissions coverage. Additional errors and omissions coverage is available and recommended. 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.
|Bond Type||Bond Amount||Cost|
|$10,000 Notary Bond $10,000 Errors & Omissions||$10,000||$50|
|$10,000 Notary Bond $20,000 Errors and Omissions||$10,000||$70|
|$10,000 Notary Bond $30,000 Errors and Omissions||$10,000||$90|
Why do I need a Missouri notary bond?
Notaries in Missouri must submit a $10,000 surety bond prior to being commissioned by the Secretary of State.
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
Missouri notary compliance and requirements
Notary bonds are required by the Missouri secretary of state 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
To become a Missouri notary, a completed application can be submitted online. All applicants must meet the following requirements:
- At least 18 years of age
- Registered voter and reside in county for which they are commissioned or applying to be commissioned
- Ability to read and write in English
- Commission not revoked during past 10 years
Each applicant must read the Missouri notary public handbook and complete computer-based training, before applying for a commission. The application must be typed and requires a $25 fee. Finally, a notary public surety bond must be purchased.