What is a notary bond?
A notary bond is a three-party obligation. The bonding company guarantees to the Illinois Secretary
of State’s office that it will pay, on behalf of a commissioned Illinois notary, any losses incurred by the public up to $5,000
during the notary’s commission term. The surety company will then demand reimbursement from the notary in the event of such paid losses.
Who needs an Illinois notary bond?
Illinois law requires individuals applying for or renewing
a notary commission to maintain a four-year, $5,000 notary bond during their notary commission term as a guaranty that the
notary will perform his or her notary duties faithfully.
Where can I purchase a bond?
Illinois law requires notaries to purchase an Illinois notary bond in the amount of $5,000 from a licensed
surety company authorized to do business in Illinois. For your protection, all of our bonds are written by CNA Surety, one of the nation’s
largest surety companies, which maintains the highest reputation in customer satisfaction and claim-handling service. You can purchase a notary bond from AAN
by clicking on the "Add to cart" button below.
How do I file my notary bond with the Illinois Secretary of State?
Illinois notary bonds are submitted along with your application to the state. We will file your application and bond
electronically with the state and manufacture your notary stamp once you are approved as a notary.