How to Become a South Dakota Notary


How to Become a Notary Public in South Dakota

  1. Complete the Online South Dakota Notary Training Course
  2. Purchase a notary seal from Notary.netYou may purchase an embossing seal or a rubber stamp. The seal must contain your “name”, the words “Notary Public,” and “South Dakota”. If a rubber stamp is used the word “Seal” must be included and a border must surround the imprint of the seal. Once you have purchased a notary seal, make an imprint in the square box in the upper left hand corner of the application.
  3. Complete the oath and bond portions with your signature and the surety signature. The $5000 bond can be purchased from a local insurance company and you will pay the insurance company a premium for the six-year bond. If you do not want to purchase a notary bond, you may have a personal surety. To use a personal surety, omit the bond portion on the front page of the application and complete the backside. A personal surety can be a friend, relative, spouse or co-worker whom will sign on their own behalf and be liable for your $5000 bond if you perform any unlawful acts with your notary commission. A personal surety cannot be a company, business or organization and a personal surety cannot have his/her name removed for any reason.
  4. Each application must be approved by the Office of the Attorney General before the commission may be issued.
  5. Enclose a $30 filing fee, Make checks payable to Secretary of State.
  6. Complete the previous notary commission question, date of birth and felony conviction question.
  7. List a South Dakota address and South Dakota County on the application.
  8. All applications received without the above requirements will be returned to the applicant’s address on the application. Failure to complete the application fully will result in denial of a Notary Public commission.
  9. A renewal requires the same procedure as an original application.
  10. Only after you have received a Notary Commission Certificate issued by the Secretary of State, are you authorized to notarize documents. Also with the Notary Commission you will receive a Notary Public handbook for your reference.
If you have any questions, please contact the Notary Administrator, at (605) 773 3539.

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    • State-Specific Notary Laws and Information
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    • Immediate access to Proof of Completion Certificate (PDF)
    • Course forums to receive updates, ask questions and interact with other students
    *This is a single-user, limited license. For multiple students please contact us.
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    Choose your desired South Dakota notary stamp type below. Start by choosing the stamp type, then stamp color, then ink color. Not all notary stamps offer all options.

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    South Dakota Notary Embosser

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South Dakota Notary Requirements


Commission Term: 6 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Resident
Stamp/Seal: Required
Journal: Recommended
Bond: $5,000
Application Fee: $30
Eligibility: No felony convictions
Other: Be able to read and write English


Address:
South Dakota Secretary of State
500 E. Capitol Avenue, Suite 204
Pierre, SD 57501

Phone: (605) 773-3539

Important South Dakota Notary Links

South Dakota State Website
South Dakota Notary Application
South Dakota Apostilles
South Dakota Notary Name Change
South Dakota Notary Address Change
South Dakota Notary Database
South Dakota Notary Handbook