How to purchase a notary bond in Nebraska
The Nebraska Secretary of State requires notary publics to post a surety bond to be eligible to operate in the state. The bonds protect the public from any financial losses resulting from the notary’s negligence or misconduct. They are issued for four-year terms and remain in effect unless canceled by the surety company.
You can apply online for the bond directly through a surety company or agency. After your application is approved, you will receive a surety bond quote with the bond premium. If you accept the quote, you pay the premium and the surety company issues you the bond.
Unlike other types of surety bonds, Nebraska notary bonds do not require a credit check as part of the underwriting process. As a result, the bonds are often issued instantly upon completing the application.
How much is a notary bond in Nebraska?
All Nebraska notary publics must post a $15,000 surety bond. The surety company issuing the bond determines the percentage of the total bond amount you need to pay as a premium. Premiums for Nebraska notary public bonds generally cost $35.
How to become a notary in Nebraska?
To be appointed as a notary public in the State of Nebraska you must meet the following requirements set forth by the Nebraska Secretary of State.
- Be at least 19 years old
- Must reside or work in Nebraska
- Must not have been convicted of a felony or crime involving fraud in the past five years
If you meet these requirements, you can receive your notary commission by completing the following steps:
- Complete the at-home notary exam and return it to the Secretary of State’s office
- Complete the notary application
- Post the $15,000 surety bond
- Purchase notary supplies
- Obtain errors and omissions insurance (optional)
There is a $30 filing fee for applications. After you are approved, the Secretary of State’s office will mail you the notary commission certificate. For more details on becoming a notary public in Nebraska, you can visit the Nebraska Secretary of State website.