What are the requirements to be a Florida notary?
How can I become a notary public?
- Complete the on-line notary application provided on our web site
- Print & sign the application/bond forms (a friend needs to complete Affidavit of Character section)
- Mail forms to our office (State requires original signatures)
- New notaries only: Complete on-line education course, print & sign certificate of completion, mail it in with your application to our office
How can I renew my notary commission?
Follow the same steps outlined above for “becoming a notary public”. No education course is required for renewal notary commissions. However, the education course is required if notary commission expiration date is over 10 years old.
How many years is a notary commission?
New and renewal commissions are both 4 year terms.
How long does it take to get my notary package?
New and renewal notary commission are processed within 10 business days or less.
How can I access the required notary education course for new notaries?
What is a notary bond?
A $7500 notary bond is required to be a Florida notary. Should a notary be negligent in his/her duties, the injured party can collect up to $7500 in compensation from the surety company providing the bond. The surety company would then seek compensation from the notary for damages. Errors & Omissions Insurance would pay for these damages up to the insurance policy limit that is purchased by the notary.
What if I notarize a document in error? Can I be sued for negligence?
Yes, you can be sued for negligence as a notary. Errors and omissions insurance would pay your claim (up to the limit of the policy) because of any negligent act you commit while notarizing a document. E&O insurance can be purchased in addition to our notary package.
Can I fax my application or education course certificate to you?
The State requires original signatures on the application form, but will accept fax copies for the education course certificate.
What if I lose my notary stamp?
You should report a lost or stolen stamp to the Department of State in writing.
What if I change my name after I become a notary?
You need to send a name change form and payment of $40 to our office within 60 days of your name change. We will update your records with the State and provide you with a new stamp and commission certificate. You may continue to notarize documents in your old name until your updated stamp is received.
For whom can I notarize a document?
You can notarize a document for anyone EXCEPT your mother, father, son, daughter, spouse or yourself. Also, you may not notarize any documents for which you may have a financial interest or are a party to the underlying document.
Can I perform wedding ceremonies?
Yes, you can perform a wedding for anyone (including famiiy members) who has a valid Florida marriage license. You may charge up to $30 for the ceremony, plus an additional fee for travel expenses.
How much can I charge for a notarization?
Up to $10 per signature.
Can I notarize documents from other states or countries?
Yes, provided you obtain adequate identification.
Can I notarize documents outside Florida?
Can I notarize and witness the same document?
Can I transfer my notary appointment if I move to another state?
No. A Florida notary public must resign his/her commission should he/she move to another state.
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