How to purchase a notary bond in Florida
The state of Florida 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, Florida 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 Florida?
All Florida notary publics must post a $7,500 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 Florida notary public bonds generally cost $30.
How to become a notary in Florida?
To be appointed as a Florida notary public, you must meet the following requirements set forth by the Florida Department of State:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Must reside in the State of Florida
- Must never have been convicted of a felony
- Must be able to read and write English
If you meet these requirements, you can receive your notary commission by completing the following steps:
- Complete the notary education course
- Post the $7,500 surety bond
- Complete the notary commission application
- Purchase notary supplies
- Take an oath of office
- Obtain errors and omissions insurance (optional)
There is a $39 filing fee for applications. After your application is approved, you’ll receive your commission certificate and notary seal from your bonding company. For more details on becoming a notary public in Florida, you can visit the Department of State website.