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How to Become a Notary Public in South Carolina

Importance of South Carolina Notary Training

As a notary public in the State of South Carolina, you have unlimited financial liability on every document you notarize. You do not want to take the office of Notary Public lightly. The South Carolina Online Notary Course is the fastest, easiest and most affordable way for you to learn what to do and how to protect yourself as a notary. Whether you are a new or current notary public, you should spend some time learning the laws. 


How to Become a Notary Public in South Carolina
Step by Step Instructions

How to Become a Notary Public in South Carolina

Source: sos.sc.gov

  1. To apply to become a South Carolina Notary Public, you may complete the Notary Public Application and Renewal Application (PDF). You must be a registered voter to become a notary public. If you do not know your voter registration number, call your County Board of Elections and Voter Registration or you may visit the South Carolina Election Commission website.
  2. Complete the application.
  3. Attach to the application a check or money order for $25, payable to SC Secretary of State.
  4. Mail both pages of your original application and check/money order to your county delegation office listed at the end of the application for
    the required signatures. Your delegation office will forward your application and check/money order to the Secretary of State’s Office.
  5.  You must complete the Oath of Notary Public in the presence of another notary. The Oath must then be notarized.
  6. Upon receiving your South Carolina Notary Public Commission, file your commission certificate with your county clerk and pay the $10 filing fee.
  7. We highly recommend you purchase a notary journal and notary public E&O insurance, to help protect yourself from any potential lawsuits.


Commission Term: 10 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Resident
Stamp/Seal: Stamp or Embosser
Journal: Recommended
Application Fee: $25
Eligibility: No felony convictions and not currently serving out a conviction, registered voter
Other: Be able to read and write English

SC Secretary of State's Office
1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 525
Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: (803) 734-2512