South Dakota Notary Journals

Does South Dakota require a notary journal?

No, South Dakota state law does not require notaries to keep a notary journal.


While South Dakota law no longer requires a register be kept by a notary, it would certainly be to the advantage of the notary to do so. Most lawsuits against notaries could be avoided if the notary kept a record. Such register should include at a minimum some of the following information:

  • Date and time of notarization or acknowledgment
  • Kind of document being notarized or acknowledgment
  • Name and address of parties whose signatures are being notarized
  • Have the parties sign the register