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How Much Does It Cost To Become a Texas Notary?
It is inexpensive and straightforward to become a Texas notary. It costs less than $100 for a four year term to become a notary in Texas. This includes the state application fee, the four-year, $10,000 Texas notary bond, your notary stamp, notary journal, and shipping fees. The American Association of Notaries is one-stop-shop for all your notary needs.
Cost to become a notary in Texas:
1. Texas Notary Application Fee -
In order for your notary application to be accepted by the Texas Secretary of State, all notary applicants are required to include a $21.00 application fee when filing his or her notary application. Failure to include the fee will result in rejection of the notary application.
2. Texas Notary Bond -
Texas Secretary of State requires all notary applicants to provide proof of a four-year, $10,000 notary bond. The notary bond protect the public from notary errors and omissions. Texas requires all notary bonds to be issued by an insurance or bonding company authorized to do business in Texas. Texas notary bonds protect the public from notary errors. If a Texas notary commits a fraud or an error while performing a notarial act, the surety company pays for the claim resulting from the notary negligence act, but later will approach the notary for reimbursement of the amount paid. The cost of the four-year, $10,000 Texas notary bond is around $50.00.
3. Texas Notary Stamp -
Texas law requires all notaries to use an inked notary stamp or a notary seal embosser to use on documents they notarize. The cost of the Texas notary stamp or metal seal embosser ranges from $15.00 to $59.00. If you purchase a notary seal embosser, you are required to order a notary seal inker to darken the raised impression of your notary seal so it can show on photocopies. When you order a notary stamp or notary seal embosser, make sure the information on the Texas notary stamp matches the name on your notary commission certificate.
4. Texas Notary Record Book -
Texas notary law requires notaries to record in a book (also called a notary record book or notary journal) certain information regarding the notarial acts that they perform. Notary record books may be used in courts as evidence. Texas notaries may be required to appear in court to prove that at a particular person who insists he or she did not sign a document did in fact appear before the notary. A properly maintained record book will enable a notary to prove that. Record books are inexpensive and range in price from $9.95 to $24.95.
How to become a notary in Texas?
The American Association of Notaries is your one-stop-shop to become a notary in Texas. We manufacture all notary stamps here in Texas. We are also a bonding agency licensed to do business in Texas and can provide you with the required four-year, $10,000 notary bond. We can also file your notary application electronically with the Texas Secretary of State so you can get approved faster. Please click here to become a notary in Texas.
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