$10,000 Notary Bond
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How much does a $10,000 notary bond cost in Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania notary bonds cost $50 for four years and are issued instantly. Errors and omissions coverage is also available. 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 notary bond in Pennsylvania?
The Pennsylvania Department of State - Division of Legislation and Notaries requires notaries to post a $10,000 surety bond.
Pennsylvania notary bonds serve as a guarantee of a notary’s professionalism and the faithful execution of the duties of a notary ethically and lawfully. Notary public bonds also protect clients and the state of Pennsylvania from financial loss as a result of a notary’s negligence while performing notarial acts.
Terms of a notary bond in PA
Notary bonds are considered continuously effective until canceled and last for a four-year term. The surety must give the Department at least 30 days of notice prior to any cancellation.
Requirements to become a notary in Pennsylvania
To become a notary in PA, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident
- Be a resident of, or be employed at a physical address within, the Commonwealth.
- Be able to read and write in English
- Not be disqualified to receive a commission because of character, criminal convictions or prior sanctions
- Must comply with other requirements the Department may establish
- Must have completed at least three hours of approved notary education within the six months preceding the application for appointment
- Must have passed the examination administered by the Department’s examination vendor Pearson VUE
You cannot be a notary public if you are a member of Congress, receive money or special perks for holding a federal government office or appointment, or are a member of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania.
How to become a notary in PA
If you meet all of the above requirements, you can begin the process of becoming a notary.
The Department encourages initial applications to be completed online. However, if you do not want to apply online, you can download the paper application form and complete it by hand. In addition to the completed application, you must:
- Include a check or money order in the amount of $42.00 made payable to the “Commonwealth of Pennsylvania” (Do not staple the money order or check to the application)
- Include proof of having completed a three-hour pre-approved mandatory notary education course within six months preceding the application
- Mail your paper application, payment and proof of education to:
Pennsylvania Department of State
Bureau of Commissions, Elections, and Legislation
210 North Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0029
Once the Department of State determines you have fulfilled the requirements, you will be notified of your appointment. Within 45 days of your appointment, you are required to take the following steps:
- Execute a $10,000 surety bond
- Register your signature with the prothonotary of the county where the office is located
- Take and subscribe the constitutional oath of office
- Record the bond, commission, and oath of office in the recorder of deeds office