Notary bonds are intended to “guarantee” performance or compliance. In a notary’s case, these bonds “guarantee” that notaries perform their duties ethically and in accordance with all rules and regulations governing them.
States that require bonds are assigned important legal authority and are commissioned as “ministerial” officials. Ministerial officials are expected to follow written rules without the ability to exercise significant discretion. A Notary’s duty is to verify the signers that appear before them are in fact who they purport to be, are signing willingly without duress or intimidation, and are aware of the contents of the document they are signing.
American Society of Notaries
The American Society of Notaries is a national nonprofit. The ASN is a great resource for licensing requirements, education, and technical support. This link will lead you to their state level requirements page.