What is a Washington Notary Public Bond?
A quick guide to this essential requirement for Notary Publics in Washington!
The Washington State Department of Licensing requires all those who are applying to be certified as a notary public in Washington to submit a surety bond to the Director.
The requirement complies with Chapter 42.44.020 of the Revised Code of Washington.
A Notary Public is someone appointed to perform the following acts:
- Administers an oath or affirmation
- Certifies or attests a copy
- Confirms that an event has happened
- Verifies that an action has been performed
- Taking an acknowledgment
- Carries out a verification upon oath or affirmation
- Be a witness or attest to a signature
- Receives a protest of a negotiable instrument
What is the bond amount?
The bond amount is $10,000.
Those who have excellent credit scores may qualify for a very low bond premium or just 1% of the bond amount!
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What are the bond conditions?
- The surety bond company should be authorized to do business in the State of Washington such as Surety Bond Authority
- The bond must cover the 4-year term of a Notary Public starting on the date that he or she is appointed and will end on the day the Notary Public’s appointment expires
- The bond must be issued specifically for the Notary Public’s appointment
- The Notary Public/Principal is obligated to comply with the provisions of Chapter 42.44 of the Revised Code of Washington and all the other rules and regulations that govern Notary Publics in Washington.
- The Notary Public/Principal must correctly perform the notarial acts
How can I obtain this type of bond?
STEP 1: Apply for the bond
You need to complete and submit a bond application.
STEP 2: Underwriting
We will ask you a couple of valuable information needed for the underwriting process which includes, but are not limited to, the following:
- Your financial history
- Your job performance history
- Your credit score
An underwriter will carefully evaluate all those.
STEP 3: Bond execution
Once the underwriter is done with the underwriting process, we will immediately issue the bond and send it to you!
What are the requirements to become a Notary Public in Washington?
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Must know how to speak, read, and write in English
- A legal resident of the State of Washington, or resides in Idaho or Oregon, but is employed in Washington
- Complete the Notary Public Appointment/Reappointment Application form
- Pay the necessary $30 application fee
Do you need further information about this bond? Call us! We’ll be glad to assist you!