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West Virginia Notary Bond

How much does a West Virginia notary bond cost?

The West Virginia Secretary of State requires notary publics to post $1,000 surety bonds.

SuretyBonds.com issues these 5-year bonds instantly without a credit check! Notary bonds with Errors and Omissions Insurance will cost just $35.

Bond Type Bond Amount Cost
$1,000 Notary Bond with Errors and Omissions Insurance $1,000 $35 for 5 years

Why do I need this bond?

On July 1, 2014, West Virginia began requiring notaries in the state to become bonded.

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, as required by law, that might come into his or her possession while on the job.

What’s the fine print?

West Virginia notary bonds run continuously from the effective date for the full length of the 5-year term.

A notary public’s signature is required on the bond form to acknowledge the agreement between the surety and the principal.

As mentioned above, 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 a notary’s commission from 10 years to 5 years
  • requires a $1,000 surety bond or its equivalent in professional insurance
  • raises the amount a notary can charge for services from $2 to $5
  • allows for the notarization of electronic documents (e-notarization)

How to become a notary public in West Virginia

In addition to posting a surety bond, potential West Virginia notary publics must meet the following requirements to get licensed:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be a resident of the United States
  • be a resident of West Virginia or a resident of another state who works at an office within West Virginia
  • be able to read and write in English
  • have a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • not be disqualified to receive a commission pursuant to West Virginia Code 39-4-21

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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