What is a Washington Notary Public Bond?

A quick guide to this essential requirement for Notary Publics in Washington!

Washington Notary Public BondThe 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 is in compliance 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 the 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


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