How to purchase a notary bond in Missouri
The state of Missouri 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, Missouri 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 Missouri?
All Missouri 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 Missouri notary public bonds generally cost $40.
How to become a notary in Missouri?
To be appointed as a Missouri notary public, you must meet the following requirements set forth by the Missouri Secretary of State:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Reside or work in the State of Missouri
- Must disclose any criminal charges involving fraud
- Must be able to read, write, and speak English
If you meet these requirements, you can receive your notary commission by completing the following steps:
- Read the Missouri Notary Public Handbook
- Complete the online or written training course
- Complete the notary application
- Post the $10,000 surety bond
- Purchase notary supplies
- Qualify at the local County Clerk’s Office
- Obtain errors and omissions insurance (optional)
There is a $25 filing fee for applications. After your commission is issued, you will have 90 days to go to your local County Clerk’s office to qualify and receive your commission certificate. For more details on becoming a notary public in Missouri, you can visit the Missouri Secretary of State website.