Google got curious about how people are hoping to make a living in the aftermath of the Great Resignation and, being Google, dug in to analyze our work related searches. Among the top most searched “how to become” jobs from January 2021-January 2022? Yes, notary!
Google notes that overall, the search trends indicate “people were most interested in jobs that involve helping others, travel and working in real estate — ideally in a role that doesn’t require a traditional boss.” Specifically, the analysis of searches for “how to become a…” found “how to become a notary” in third—following real estate agent and flight attendant. Interestingly, being a notary public does indeed check many of the boxes people are interested in now: helping others, while not necessarily working in a traditionally structured office. In fact, given the rise in remote and mobile notary services, creative notaries can probably satisfy their travel cravings too.
Since almost everyone ends up needing to get something notarized at least once every couple of years, notary publics can build massive client lists. Consider, for example, notaries across the country have been exceptionally busy with the real estate market, business openings and closings and other life changes spurred on by the pandemic. Though technology has made digital notarization a rising trend, the essential, noble purpose of notaries public remains the same. As Legal Zoom explains: “A notary public serves the public by acting as an impartial witness to the signing of documents. A notary public is responsible for verifying the identities of each person signing a particular document, confirming their willingness and mental capacity to sign the document, and ensuring that the signer understands the nature and significance of the document being executed.”
Understanding and Obtaining Notary Bonds
Because notaries provide a critical public service, an important step on the path to becoming a notary is securing a notary bond that meets specific state requirements. A notary bond protects the public, serving as a guarantee that all duties will be performed in accordance with regulations. As a leading, national, direct bond provider, Colonial Surety makes it easy and instant for notaries in every state to get or renew notary bonds that meet specific state requirements. With Colonial’s direct, digital service, notary bonds can be obtained anytime, from anywhere. The steps are easy—get a quote online, fill out the information, and enter a payment method. Bonds can then be e-filed or printed instantly. Obtain Notary Bond Here.
Diligence—and Protection Too
No matter how diligent notary publics are when witnessing the signing of documents, mistakes and misunderstandings occur and can be costly. That’s why it is critical—and in some states now mandatory—for notaries to secure professional liability insurance, sometimes also referred to as errors and omissions insurance (E&O) . To protect themselves, notaries across the country rely on Colonial Surety for efficient, affordable and comprehensive coverage packages. Armed with our professional liability insurance, notaries sued for neglience because mistakes were made—or even alleged, are covered for legal defense expenses, as well as the cost of settlements and judgments. For added value and protection, Colonial even includes cyber liability insurance with every purchase of professional liability insurance.
Don’t let a mistake or misunderstanding jeopardize the notary business you’re working hard to build. At Colonial, it’s so easy, quick and reasonable to obtain protection, you can do it right here, in minutes, now:
Because notaries perform public duties, they are required to obtain a type of surety bond, referred to as a notary bond, which protects the public. Of course it is imperative for notaries to also protect themselves with Errors and Omissions and Cyber Liability Insurance.
Founded in 1930, Colonial Surety Company is a reliable, affordable and dependable source of insurance and surety bonds for working people and their businesses all across the country. Our direct, digital portfolio of 4,000 license and permit bonds and liability protections cover a wide range of interests, professions and businesses.
Colonial Surety Company is listed by the US Treasury as an approved surety, and rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best—an accolade of which we are extremely proud.
With Colonial, notaries across the country can obtain both their required notary bond, E&O and Cyber included, affordably: