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California Notary’s Bond

Who needs a California Notary’s Bond?

The California Secretary of State requires notaries maintain a $15,000 surety bond. The surety bond covers the full 4-year commission. The bond is a required part of the Notary Public Application.

Why is the California Notary’s Bond required?

The surety bond protects the State of California from financial losses resulting from improper or unlawful conduct by a California Notary Public.

General Questions
What is a surety bond? 
What is a surety bond?

A surety bond is a three-party agreement among a principal, an obligee, and a surety.

The bond formalizes the principal's obligation to the obligee. The surety guarantees that the principal will fulfill their obligation.