Allow at least 2 weeks (we don’t have expedited service). Keep in mind that your certificate may be delayed if your application isn’t completed correctly. We’ll contact you if we need additional information. Then, you’ll have a specific amount of time to respond before you’ll have to submit a new application and fee.
You could be disqualified if you’ve been convicted within the past 10 years of any felony or gross misdemeanor relating to the practice of a notary (for example, a theft conviction). We look at each case on an individual basis.
No, a training class isn’t required in the state of Washington. However, your role as a notary public is extremely important and shouldn’t be taken lightly. In order to clearly understand the laws, duties, and responsibilities of being a notary public, we strongly urge you to take a class. For a list available courses, see Approved education providers.
You can get a 4-year term, $10,000 bond from any insurance or bonding company licensed to do surety in the state of Washington. You might check with your insurance agent for help, check in the yellow pages, or search online. The cost will vary from company to company. Our office doesn’t regulate how much the bonding company charges.
No, these are the exclusive property of the notary public. They can’t be used by any other person and shouldn’t be surrendered to an employer upon termination of employment, regardless of whether the employer paid for the seal/stamp, certificate, or bond.