Notary Public Professional Liability Insurance Banks

A client sent me the following questions about notary public professional liability insurance:

Are employees who perform notary services for bank customers insured against errors they make?  Would that fall under Professional Liability coverage, or is it a specialty insurance?

My reply:

When they are performing services related to their job, notaries are covered by the bankers’ professional liability insurance. Offering notary services outside the bank is not covered by the bank’s insurance. The only exclusion is for notarizing a signature when the person does not appear before the notary — which is a very big no-no!