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How much does a North Dakota notary bond cost?
North Dakota notary bonds are issued instantly, starting at just $50 for four years of coverage. Errors and omissions coverage is also available for an additional premium. 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.
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Why do I need a North Dakota notary bond?
The North Dakota Secretary of State requires notaries to post surety bonds. By posting the bond, notaries pledge to perform the duties appointed to them in compliance with the laws of the state, the city or county, and the Federal Privacy Act of 1974. If the notary violates these terms, a claim can be filed against the bond. If the claim is validated, the surety will cover damages suffered by the state and individuals up to the full bond amount, and the principal must reimburse the surety for damages paid.
How to become a North Dakota notary public
To be eligible to become a North Dakota notary public, individuals must meet the following requirements:
- Be a minimum of 18 years of age
- Be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the U.S.
- Be a resident of North Dakota, have a place of employment/practice in North Dakota, or reside in a county bordering North Dakota and in a state that extends reciprocity to a notary public residing in a border county of North Dakota
- Have the ability to read and write in English
To become a North Dakota notary public, applicants must follow these steps:
- The applicant must submit a completed notary application online via FirstStop.
Note that the name on the application must exactly match the name the applicant intends to use as a notary public. If a middle name or initial is to be used, this must be included.
- The applicant must submit a surety bond in the amount of $75,000; this must cover the notarial acts conducted during the notary public’s commission.
- The applicant must submit the $36 application fee through a check or money order made payable to “Secretary of State.”
A credit card payment can also be submitted alongside the Credit Card Payment Authorization form.
- Upon approval of the application, a certificate of authorization will be issued to the individual, with the ability to purchase a notary stamp from the applicant’s vendor of choice.
- Once the notary stamp is received from the vendor, the applicant must affix an impression of the notary stamp on a verification form and return that form to the Secretary of State.
- A commission certificate will be issued by the Secretary of State’s office after the office has reviewed and approved the notary stamping device.
Note: A notary may perform notarial acts with the stamping device on or after the commencement date listed on the commission certificate.
North Dakota notary surety bonds remain valid for four years from the effective date. The applicant and a representative of the surety company must sign the bond form before a notary public (other than the applicant) can authorize it.
How to become a North Dakota remote notary
Commissioned North Dakota notaries public can apply for the ability to perform remote online notarizations. The applicant must:
- Notify the Secretary of State via email ([email protected]), fax, or letter that the notary public intends to perform remote online notarial acts.
- Notaries public must also choose a third-party technology provider that specializes in remote online notarizations and notify the Secretary of State.
While the Secretary of State does not endorse any specific third-party vendor, a list of possible providers is available. As required by state law, notary publics must choose a provider with the ability to retain audiovisual recordings for 10 years.