How to purchase a notary bond in Pennsylvania
The state of Pennsylvania 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, Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania?
All Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania notary public bonds generally cost $30.
How to become a notary in Pennsylvania?
To be appointed as a Pennsylvania notary public, you must meet the following requirements set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of State Division of Legislation and Notaries:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Reside or work in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
- Must never have been convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors
If you meet these requirements, you can receive your notary commission by completing the following steps:
- Complete the three-hour notary education course
- Complete the online notary application
- Post the $10,000 surety bond
- Purchase notary supplies
- Take an oath of office
- Record the notary commission, oath of office, and surety bond with the Recorder of Deeds Office
- Obtain errors and omissions insurance (optional)
There is a $42 filing fee for applications. After you are notified of your appointment, you’ll have 45 days to post your bond and take the oath of office. For more details on becoming a notary public in Pennsylvania, you can visit the Pennsylvania Department of State – Division of Legislation and Notaries website.