License & Permit Bonds

Requirements to Become a Notary Public

02/20/2019

Different states have different requirements for those wishing to become notaries public within a certain state. Some states, such as New York, may require an aspiring notary to take a state examination, while others like New Jersey may require an application without an accompanying test. Some states require neither, while others require a multiple hour course in order to become a notary. It all depends on which state you’re seeking to become a notary in.

Don’t assume that adjoining states will have similar requirements. Pennsylvania requires training, an application, and then an exam, while Delaware just requires you to purchase a seal and fill out an application. Maryland, bordering both of them to the south, requires just an application and stamp purchase. It all just depends on which state you want to become a notary in.

Notary education courses are offered by different entities in different states, with community colleges offering courses in some, while a state’s Secretary of State office may offer them in another. The courses describe roughly the same duties and responsibilities for notaries, but whether the state accepts or requires them depends on the particular state.

Some states offer training in electronic notarization, which allows documents to be signed or transmitted electronically. Some states allow a unique digital stamp instead of a physical stamp. Learn more about what is required to become a notary.

In terms of more general requirements, most states require you to be 18 years old before becoming a notary, and many require notaries to purchase a surety bond in order to provide protection for notary clients.

So where can you instantly purchase a notary surety bond?

Colonial offers the direct and digital way to obtain a notary bond. We are the insurance company — which means no agent, no broker, and no middleman. The steps are easy — get a quote online, fill out your information, and enter your payment method. Your bond will be ready for print instantly. It’s that simple!

A notary bond is reasonably priced and easy to obtain. You may notice that with other insurance agents and middlemen, your premium rate will fluctuate and include additional hidden fees and costs. Colonial offers our lowest possible rate. Premium is based on the amount of the bond required by the state requiring the bond.

It is important to understand how surety bonds work, and who is the insurance company issuing your bonds. It is easy to obtain a notary bond when you deal directly with a quality insurance company licensed to write surety bonds. Colonial is an A (Excellent) rated insurance company by A.M. Best that has been incorporated since 1930. We are Treasury listed, and licensed and admitted in all U.S. states and territories.