Illinois notaries are engaged in the profession of witnessing signatures in the attempt to prevent and deter fraud.
Essentially, your job is as simple as that. There is more involved, of course, but that’s basically it.
In Illinois, notaries are required to obtain a $5,000 surety bond which lasts the length of your commission. The commission granted by the Office of the Secretary of State is for 4 years.
The Illinois notary bond is just a one time fee of $50.
The Illinois notary bond is a financial guarantee, a surety, which protects your customers, the people of the state of Illinois, from acts of fraud, forgery, and other acts of criminal malfeasance that a notary may commit in the performance of notarial acts.
A common misconception is that your notary bond protects you. It does not at all.
Your notary bond is exclusively for the protection of your customers.
Should a claim be paid by the surety on your notary bond for harm done to an Illinois consumer, you would be legally obligated to reimburse the surety for all costs and fees paid in the resolution of that claim.
Whereas your surety bond protects others, an Errors and Omissions insurance policy is for your protection; however, this is not required by the state to become a notary.
When you call AmeriPro Surety Bonds, the notary application can be completed over the phone with our agent.
The application takes all of between 5-10 minutes. Once your notary bond is paid for, a copy can be emailed to you, and the original will be sent within the same or by the next business day.
There is no credit check involved and it is a quick process.
You will want to make sure that you only file the original surety bond, which you must sign, with the Office of the Secretary of State.
To become a notary public in Illinois, you need to either be a resident of Illinois or a bordering state.
You will also need to:
And submit the surety bond along with the application to the Secretary of State.
Please note: The name that you want commissioned on the notary with the Illinois Secretary of State and the name you want on the surety bond should match exactly.
AmeriPro Surety Bonds is a surety bonds-only agency.
We provide license and permit, contractor, court, and fiduciary bonds throughout the Illinois.
We also provide surety bonds nationwide.
We thank you for your consideration and look forward to speaking with you.
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