Notary Bond

Notary public bonds are legally binding contracts that guarantee that the notary will fulfill their tasks in a legal and ethical manner. When a notary fails to execute their duties, the next step is to file a claim against the bond. The claim against the bond is usually filed by the state or individuals who have been affected by notary’s actions. If a claim that has been filed is valid the bond amount is supposed to be used in reimbursing the affected parties. This protects consumers and the state from any financial loss.

How much do notary surety bonds cost?

The cost of this bond type varies by state. The reason for this variety is because each state has specific bonding requirements for notaries. Notary bonds are preferred because they are one of the easiest and quickest bonds to secure. They are issued on the spot with no underwriting requirement.

What is a notary surety bond?

A notary surety bond is an agreement that involves three parties and is legally binding between an obligee, principal and a surety company. The obligee is the individual who requires the bond. The surety company is the company that is selling the bond and the principal is the individual or entity who requires the bond. The bond acts as a guarantee that the principal will adhere to specific laws. The bond will reimburse the individual who has faced losses or damages caused by the principal.

Why do I need a notary public bond?

Individuals need notary public bonds because public notaries and notaries are held in high legal regard and act as witnesses to ensure that signatures are valid on legal documents. There are states that require individuals to source for public bonds before they engage in some form of business. It is therefore important to check with your state whether you are required to have a notary public bond while engaging in various activities.

How do I get bonded?

Notary bonds can be approved instantly. They require a minimal amount of information – typically the notary’s name and address and phone number.

What are the differences in state requirements?

The laws governing the notary bond business vary by state. In most states when a notary does not perform their duties, they are required by law to pay for the losses. In Pennsylvania, the amount to be paid out can be up to $10,000, which is sourced from the notary bond. The notary public can perform their duties only when the bond is valid. A notary public bond should be issued by an authorized insurance company. The notary bond in some states increases in value. The bond is a requirement for a notary bond business to be granted a license to operate in a specific state.

The majority of states do not require a notary business to have errors and omission insurance for them to operate legally. It is an option but the bond is a mandatory requirement in most states.

What could happen if I’m not bonded as a notary?

If you are not bonded as a notary, some states will consider you to be operating illegally. The bond is supposed to cover individuals and the state against claims that may be filed on them. If there is no notary bond available when a claim is filed, the individuals or state in which the notary business operates will not be protected. They will have to settle the claim from their pocket meaning that they will be directly liable for the outcome of the claim.

Do I need errors and omissions insurance too?

In the process of purchasing a bond, there is an option for notary public errors and omissions (E&O) insurance. Notary public E&O insurance protects the notaries when a client wants financial compensation because the notary made a mistake. The notary E&O insurance is structured in a way that protects professional and personal assets in case a mistake occurs during the notary process.

Why is E&O insurance important?

Notary E&O insurance helps protect an individual from the impact of mistakes that may occur during the notarization process. A mistake made during notarization can potentially cause an individual to lose their home, savings account or even their business. When you experience such a big loss due to a mistake that seems very minor may be unfair. Many people make mistakes every day but the mistake should not cause a huge negative impact on your life.

It is important to have E&O insurance to safeguard all your assets from being taken away from you. It is essential to have peace of mind while working, therefore, acquire errors and emission insurance today so that you may guarantee yourself for paying any liabilities. The insurance is very affordable and will cost you pennies each day. The notary bond does not protect a state or an individual in case errors or omissions occur during the notarization process.

The bond covers the public only if the surety company settles the claim however you are required to reimburse the surety company. E&O coverage is very affordable. It is determined based on the income levels of the notaries. It is very important because whatever the cost, not having notary public E&O insurance if a lawsuit is filed against you will cost much more (legal fees, other costs, damages) than purchasing the insurance.

NFP can assist you with a wide variety of notary surety bonding requirements. Our staff is familiar with the bond you need and will provide it affordably and on the required bond form. If you need a surety bond for notary public, please call our office at 800.863.3210 for a free quote.