Notary Bond: The Hawaii Department of the Attorney General requires all notary applicants to include a $1,000 surety bond with their application. The state does not provide a surety bond, so we include one in our all-in-one notary package. Remember, you must sign your bond and have it notarized by a Hawaii notary in good standing before sending it to the state. Make sure the names on your bond, application and seal are identical.
Application Fee: Hawaii charges notaries a $20 filing fee that goes to the state. If you don’t include payment, your application will be rejected.
Letters of Justification and Character: According to the Department of the Attorney General, your application must include two letters: one justification and one character. The letter of justification should explain your reasons for applying for a commission with details like the estimated number of notarial acts. The letter of justification should come from an officer or partner of your employer. If you are self-employed, you may prepare your own letter.