How much does a $10,000 Washington state notary bond cost?
A $10,000 Washington notary bond is issued instantly with errors and omissions and costs $45. Additional errors and omissions insurance is also available for those who wish to purchase it. Errors and omissions insurance protects you from being held personally liable for mistakes made while notarizing documents. Visit our blog for more information on this essential coverage.
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|Bond Type||Bond Amount||Cost|
|$10,000 Notary Bond $5,000 Errors and Omissions||$10,000||$45|
|$10,000 Notary Bond $15,000 Errors and Omissions||$10,000||$85|
|$10,000 Notary Bond $30,000 Errors and Omissions||$10,000||$115|
Why do I need a Washington state notary 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 to be 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.
How long are Washington notary bonds valid?
Notary bonds in Washington are 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)
To apply for a notary public license in Washington, the following documents need to be prepared by the applicant:
- Notarized Oath of Office form
- Copy of signed $10,000 surety bond
- Payment for $30 commission fee or $45 commission fee with electronic endorsement
These documents can be submitted to the Washington State Department of Licensing website or by mail to:
Notary Public Program
Department of Licensing
PO Box 3777
Seattle, WA 98124-3777