A Notary Public is a public official whose powers and duties are defined by statute. A Notary has the power to acknowledge signatures upon personal knowledge or satisfactory proof, administer oaths, record and/or transcribe depositions, and confirm the authenticity of signatures on affidavits. A Notary’s powers and duties can be exercised in all counties in the state of issue.
Similar to other Public Official bonds, Notary Bonds protect the public from the Notary not performing their duties faithfully and guarantee that the Notary Public will faithfully perform the duties as prescribed by the laws in their jurisdiction. Errors and Omissions (E&O) coverage is also available for additional protection.
Each county has its own criteria and process for becoming a notary, but these are the general steps that need to be taken.
Application and Fee
Complete an application and have it notarized.
Return the application to the County Clerk’s Office, usually with a small fee.
Monthly deadlines that correspond to the month’s Commission meeting might be applicable – check your county’s website for a calendar.
Obtain Commission Date
Following the commission meeting, the Clerk’s office will forward elected notary applications to the Secretary of State’s Office.
The Secretary of State will assign commission dates, print the Notary Certificates of Commission, and notify each applicant.
Once the commission dates are obtained, please contact TIS or follow the link below to apply online, and purchase a surety bond.
The bond will be payable to the state and conditioned on the faithful performance of the duties of a notary public.
After securing the bond, notaries must make a personal appearance at the office they choose for their certificate of commission to be delivered.
At the office, the applicant will take the oath of office and file their surety bond (a filing fee might be required).
Please note: You are not authorized to act as a notary public until you received your commission from the Governor, filed your bond, and taken the oath of office.
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