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West Virginia Notary Bond

How much does a West Virginia notary bond cost?

The West Virginia Secretary of State requires notaries to post $1,000 surety bonds to be commissioned

SuretyBonds.com issues these five-year bonds instantly for just $35. Simply click “Buy Now” to enter our secure payment portal and purchase your bond directly from our site. In just a few minutes you can be on your way to getting bonded as a notary in West Virginia!

Bond Type Bond Amount Cost
$1,000 Notary Bond with $5,000 Errors and Omissions Insurance 5-year term $1,000 $35

Why do I need this bond?

By posting a notary bond, the principal (notary) guarantees that he or she will faithfully and honestly perform the duties of the office and pay over all money that might come into his or her possession while on the job, as required by law.

What’s the fine print?

West Virginia notary bonds run continuously for five years from the effective date, at which point the bond must be renewed.

The revised West Virginia notary laws became effective on July 1, 2014. The major changes under West Virginia Code 39-4 (Revised Uniform Law On Notarial Acts) include:

  • Reduces notary commission from 10 years to 5 years
  • Obtain $1,000 surety bond or its equivalent in professional insurance
  • Increases amount notary can charge for services from $2 to $5
  • Allows for notarization of electronic documents (e-notarization)

How to become a notary public in West Virginia

West Virginia notary applicants must meet the following requirements prior to being commissioned as a notary:

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Resident of United States
  • Resident of West Virginia or a resident of another state who works at an office within West Virginia
  • Ability to read and write in English
  • Possess high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Eligible to receive commission pursuant to West Virginia Code 39-4-21

Additional Resources

State of West Virginia Secretary of State Notary Public Surety Bond form

Surety Bond Insider: West Virginia introduces surety bond requirement for notary publics

West Virginia Secretary of State Applying for a Notary Public Commission

West Virginia Code Chapter 39, Article 1: Authentication and Record of Writings

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