Here are some Frequently Asked
Questions (FAQs) concerning the Notary Bond process. As always if
you have any additional questions please send us an email at
How do I
become a notary?
Effective 1 July
2000, all new Notary Public applicants are required to complete a three
(3) hour interactive or classroom training course. Following completion
of the mandatory training, you must complete a Notary Public
Application, sign the Notary Public Bond, select an optional increased
Errors & Omission Insurance Policy, select the Notary Seal, and mail all
information to our office for processing.
Do I need to take the Training Course?
If you have
a Notary Commission in Florida you do not need to take the class.
How much does it cost
to become a notary?
for four years. This includes $39.00 State Filing Fee, $40.00 Notary
Bond, and $15.00 and up for a Notary Stamp. This does not include the
optional increased Errors & Omission Insurance Policy.
For how long is my commission as Florida Notary Public good?
How long does it take
to become a notary?
The entire process
takes approximately 2 weeks if all of the paperwork is in order.
How can I expedite
the commission process?
Ensure that the
application is complete, the Bond form is signed, and a check is
included with the application for processing.
How do I
check my status in the commission process?
Contact our office
at (800) 828-2226. [back]
How long do I need to live in Florida in order to become a notary
There is currently
no specific length of residency. However, you must be a resident in the
State of Florida that is defined as living within the State for at least
six months out of the year. [back]
If I live outside the State of Florida but work in Florida, can I become
a Florida notary?
No, you must be a Florida resident to
become a Notary Public.
I received my stamp, but not my certificate. Can I begin notarizing?
Yes, if you have
been notified that you have been approved.
Why do I
need a bond?
section 117.01(7)(a), states that a bond is required. The State of
Florida will not issue a certificate without the bond.
What is E&O insurance?
Errors and Omissions
Insurance protects you, the Notary Public, from legal expenses and
damages caused by your notarial acts.
Is the Errors
& Omission insurance required?
No, Errors &
Omission (E & O) Insurance is not required by law. However, it is
highly recommended since the bond only protects the public, while the E
& O protects you. Our package includes $5,000 worth of Errors &
Omissions protection. You may purchase higher limits if you choose.
What insurance company is backing the Notary Public bond and Errors & Omission Insurance?
Company, rated A+ ‘‘Superior’’ by A.M. Best Company and A+ ‘‘Strong’’ by
Standard & Poor’s. This signifies
that they have the financial strength to provide the insurance
protection you need.
If my name is incorrectly spelled on my certificate, what should I do to
Return the incorrect
certificate to our office. We will file a correction and replace the
certificate for you. [back]
I got married and changed my name. What do I need to do?
Notary Law requires you to notify the State of Florida of your
change. To do this, complete the Name Change Form, include your
original Certificate or letter stating the certificate is lost, and a
check for $25.00 for the State Filing Fee plus the amount of the
How long after I change my name do I have to change my commission?
Notary Law requires
the notary to forthwith request an amended commission. This is
interpreted to be immediately with no grace period. You may continue to
use your old certificate name until receipt of your amended name
do I renew my commission?
A renewal is
identical to a new commission. You will need to complete a new
application, sign the Bond Form, select your stamp, and optional Errors
& Omission Insurance. You may submit your renewal no sooner than 120
days prior to your expiration date. It is recommended that you not wait
until the very end as you may have a gap in commissions.
How much does it
cost to renew my commission?
The cost is the same
as a new application. Approximately $95.00 for four years. This
includes $39.00 State Filing Fee, $40.00 Notary Bond, and $15.00 and up
for a Notary Stamp. This does not include the increased optional Errors
& Omission Insurance. [back]
How do I cancel my commission if I am leaving the State of Florida?
Send our office a
written letter of resignation, and we will file it with the Governor's
office. Once you resign your commission, you will be required to
reapply as a new applicant if you wish to re-instate your commission.
Can I transfer my notary commission to another state if I move?
No, your commission is only valid in the State of Florida. Each state
has their own Notary Laws by which you must abide.
Can I use other colors of ink on my notary seal other than black?
No, you must use
black ink so that it is photographically reproducible.
Can I notarize
documents for family members?
No, according to
Florida Law a notary may not notarize a document for their mother,
father, spouse, son(s), or daughter(s).
Can I perform a
marriage ceremony in Florida?
Yes, the Notary Law
permits a notary to perform marriages. For additional information, see
the “How to Perform Marriages” booklet included in the software.
notary notarize outside of the State of Florida?
No, you are only allowed to notarize in the State of Florida.
Can I charge
a fee for a notarization in Florida?
Yes, Florida allows you
the option to charge up to $10.00 per notarial act and up to $20.00 to
perform a marriage.
Can I notarize a
copy of a birth certificate?
Certificates are official documents and cannot be certified by a
Notary. Certified copies may be obtained from the custodian of the
If I have a financial interest in the transaction being notarized,
should I act as the notary?
Can I notarize a signature on a document that has been prepared in
Yes, as long as the Notary Form conforms to Florida Law and
is notarized in the State of Florida.
act as a witness and a notary on the same document?
needed to keep a record book in the State of Florida?
Florida Law does not
require a record book of every notarial act. However, it is highly
recommended as a preventive measure in case a question is ever raised.
If someone brings in a document to be notarized and the information is
not complete, what should I do?
Have the individual
complete the form and ensure that there are no blanks left on the form.
Use N/A if necessary before notarizing the document.
Where can I get a
declaration of domicile?
The Clerk of the
Circuit Court in the county of your residence.
Can I notarize a foreign
Yes, however most
countries will require evidence of a notary’s commission. Usually an
apostille of a certificate of notarial authority will be required for
each document notarized. The Apostille may be obtained by contacting
the Bureau of Notaries Public and submitting $10.