Effective of January 1st, 2020, Chapter 2019-71 of the Florida General Statutes permits the licensing of notaries that offer online notarial acts. A Florida online notary bond must be filed with the Secretary of State and the candidate must meet the following criteria:
There are TWO insurance requirements imposed on registration candidates. The applicant must post a Florida Bond of Online Notary Public in the amount of twenty five thousand dollars ($25,000), which runs to or benefits any individual harmed as a result of a breach of duty by the registrant acting in his or her capacity as an online notary public. The online notary bond must guarantee the registrant's due discharge of the office and in compliance with such terms as are specified by Rule promulgated by the Department of State. The online notary bond must be approved by the Department and issued by a surety company duly authorized to transact business in Florida. Compliance by an online notary public with this surety bond requirement satisfies the requirement of obtaining a bond under F.s. 117.01(7).
In addition to the bond of online notary, a candidate must purchase an errors and omissions insurance policy from an insurer authorized to transact business in Florida with a minimum coverage amount of twenty five thousand dollars ($25,000). Per F.S. 117.201(5), "(5) “Errors and omissions insurance” means a type of insurance that provides coverage for potential errors or omissions in or relating to the notarial act and is maintained, as applicable, by the online notary public or his or her employer, or a Remote Online Notarization service provider." We have E&O policy forms approved for use by the Secretary.
Online notary bonds and applications may be mailed to:
Florida Department of State
Division of Corporations
PO Box 6327
Tallahassee, FL 32314
or in person or by courier to
2415 North Monroe Street, Suite 810
Tallahassee, FL 32303
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