How much does a notary bond cost in Washington?
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Why do I need this bond?
The Washington Secretary of State requires notaries public to post $10,000 surety bonds to 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 four years and must be renewed at the end of each term. These bonds also require applicants must know the specific county in which notarial business will be conducted.
How to become a notary public in Washington
To become a notary public in Washington, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Minimum 18 years of age
- Ability to read and write English
- Reside in Washington (or live in Idaho or Oregon and remain employed regularly in Washington or doing business in Washington)
- Obtain $10,000 surety bond
- Complete Notary Public Appointment or Reappointment Application
- Purchase stamp or seal