How much does a notary public bond cost in Texas?
The Texas Secretary of State requires notaries public to post $10,000.
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Why do I need this bond?
Texas notary bonds exist to protect the general public and the state from any illegal acts performed by principals (notaries public) while on the job. By posting this bond, principals agree to abide by all laws, rules and regulations stated in Chapter 406 of the Texas Government Code, Chapter 121 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code and the secretary of state’s administrative rules found in Title 1, Chapter 87 of the Texas Administrative Code.
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What’s the fine print?
Notary surety bonds in Texas remain in effect for 4 years and run concurrently with the notary’s commission.
The surety bond form also includes sections for identifying information, qualification statements, the statement of officer and execution.
How to become a notary public in Texas
To be commissioned as a notary public in Texas, an applicant must be a Texas resident, be at least 18 years of age and have a clean criminal record.
Applicants should submit the following materials to the secretary of state:
- completed Form 2301
- proof of a $10,000 surety bond
- $21 filing fee
Once an applicant is commissioned, he or she can purchase the required notary seal and record book from any office supply company.
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