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Become a South Carolina Notary Public

The Secretary of State's Office is responsible for the appointment of notaries public in South Carolina. To help you fully understand the duties and responsibilities of a notary public, it is important to read the South Carolina Notary Public Reference Manual.

In order to qualify as a notary public in South Carolina, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. A United State citizen
  2. A resident and registered voter of South
  3. At least 18 years of age
  4. No major convictions or presently serving out a conviction
  5. Able to speak, read, and write the English language

Steps to become a South Carolina Notary Public:

1. Complete the Notary Public Application Form. Read and follow the instructions carefully.

2. Prepare a $25.00 fee via check or money order made payable to "SC Secretary of State".

3. Submit the completed application and fee to your county delegation office for the required signatures. The addresses of the various counties are attached on the application form. If your county is not listed, you can mail it to:

South Carolina House of Representatives

PO Box 11867

Columbia, SC 29211

4. After signing your application, the delegation office will mail it to the Secretary of State's Office.

5. The Secretary of State will send your notary commission certificate, once your application is approved.

Term of Office

A South Carolina Notary Public will serve a ten-year term starting on the date designated by the Secretary of State.

South Carolina Notary Fees

As a notary public in South Carolina, these are your fees for notarial services and other notarial acts:

Taking Depositions and swearing in witnesses

$0.25 per copy sheet

For each copy of up to 100 words for taking depositions, protests and certificates




Oaths for affidavits



$0.50 plus postage

Taking a renunciation of dower or inheritance


Solemnizing a marriage

No stated fee

Each Notarial certificate with seal

50 cents


$2.00 per document

Certifications of Authentication

$2.00 per document

Find a Notary in South Carolina

The South Carolina Secretary of State's website has maintained an online notary public search page. As an easier alternative, you can use FindNotary to find a notary in South Carolina. We have the largest directory for notary public, mobile notaries, and notary services for South Carolina and the entire United States.


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For more information on how to become a South Carolina Notary, visit the South Carolina Notary Public website at You can also contact them at (803) 734-2512, or visit their office at 1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 525, Columbia, South Carolina 29201.

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