How much does a notary bond cost in Washington?
The Washington Secretary of State requires notaries public to post $10,000 surety bonds to work within the state.
|Bond Type||Bond Amount||Cost|
|$10,000 Notary Bond with Errors and Omissions Insurance||$10,000||$45 for 4 years|
Why do I need this bond?
Washington notary surety bonds protect the public from any wrongdoings committed by the principal (notary public) while on the job. Specifically, these bonds prohibit notaries from certain acts, including knowingly signing or evidencing information he or she knows to be inaccurate or fraudulent or authorizing documents that benefit the notary in some way.
If the notary breaches the terms of the surety contract or the applicable legislation, a claim can be filed against the bond. If the claim is found valid, the surety will compensate harmed parties for any financial losses up to the full bond amount. The notary must reimburse the surety for any damages paid out.
What’s the fine print?
Notary bonds in Washington remain valid for 4 years.
For this particular bond type, applicants must know the specific county in which notarial business will be conducted. Surety underwriting companies require the notary’s birth date to issue this bond.
How to become a notary public in Washington
To become a notary public in Washington, applicants must:
- be at least 18 years of age
- be able to read and write English
- live in Washington (or live in Idaho or Oregon and remain employed regularly in Washington or doing business in Washington)
- post a $10,000 surety bond
- complete a Notary Public Appointment or Reappointment Application
- purchase an appropriate stamp or seal
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