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Notary public bond cost

Notaries public in California must post $15,000 surety bonds before legally performing notarial acts within the state.

Contact one of our surety specialists to receive a free, personalized bond quote within 1 business day of applying. Call 888.610.4474, or click here, to begin the bonding process.

Why this bond

By posting a notary bond in California, principals (notaries public) pledge that they will perform all duties required of him/her by the state ethically and in full compliance with all state laws. Prohibited acts under this bond include:

  • Stating or implying that the notary is a licensed attorney if he or she is not legally authorized
  • Soliciting and accepting compensation to prepare documents representing the interests of another person in a judicial proceeding, such as immigration to the United States or U.S. citizenship
  • Influencing a person in an unlawful transaction
  • Disclosing information otherwise listed as confidential
  • Certifying a document containing information known by the notary to be false
  • Performing a notarial act on a document that is not entirely filled out or signed
  • And more

If the principal fails to conduct notarial acts in compliance with the letter of the law and the terms of the surety bond contract, the bond protects harmed parties from financial loss up to the full amount of the bond. The principal must pay the surety for all damages paid out.

Notary public bond details

California notary bonds remain in full force and effect until canceled. These bonds remain valid for 4 years, and the effective date must match the notary’s commission date.

Become a notary public

Every person appointed as a notary public in California must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be a legal California resident
  • Complete a course of study approved by the Secretary of State
  • Pass a written examination prescribed by the Secretary of State
  • Clear a background check

Other requirements include:

  • Submitting fingerprints via Live Scan
  • Completing the commission packet
  • Purchasing notary public materials
  • Filing the Notary Public Oath and Bond

Apply for your surety bond

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