How to purchase a notary bond in Louisiana
The state of Louisiana 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 five-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, Louisiana 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 Louisiana?
All Louisiana 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 Louisiana notary public bonds generally cost $110.
How to become a notary in Louisiana?
To be appointed as a Louisiana notary public, you must meet the following requirements set forth by the Louisiana Secretary of State:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Be a Louisiana resident
- Must be registered to vote in your appointed parish
- Must disclose any criminal charges involving fraud
- Must be able to read, write, and speak English
- Have a high school diploma or diploma from an approved home study program
If you meet these requirements, you can receive your notary commission by completing the following steps:
- Complete the notary application
- Complete the notary exam pre-assessment ($30 test fee)
- Pass the state notary exam ($100 registration fee)
- Take two oaths of office
- Post the $10,000 surety bond
- Purchase notary supplies
- Obtain errors and omissions insurance (optional)
There is a $35 filing fee for applications. After your commission is issued, you will have to file the certificate with the Clerk of Court and pay a $20 filing fee. For more details on becoming a notary public in Louisiana, you can visit the Louisiana Secretary of State website.