How to purchase a notary bond in Texas
The state of Texas 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, Texas 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 Texas?
All Texas notary publics must post a $10,000 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 Texas notary public bonds generally cost $45.
How to become a notary in Texas?
To be appointed as a Texas notary public, you must meet the following requirements set forth by the Texas Secretary of State:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Reside in the State of Texas
- Must never have been convicted of a felony or crime involving moral turpitude
If you meet these requirements, you can receive your notary public commission by completing the following steps:
- Complete and submit the notary application (form 2301)
- Post the $10,000 surety bond
- Purchase notary supplies
- Take an oath of office before a notary public
- Obtain errors and omissions insurance (optional)
There is a $21 filing fee for applications. For more details on becoming a notary public in Texas, you can visit the Secretary of State’s website.