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Become a South Dakota Notary Public

Your journey to becoming a notary public in South Dakota starts with the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State's office is responsible for the appointment of notaries public in South Dakota. As a first time candidate, it is required that you read the South Dakota Notary Public Handbook to fully understand the powers and responsibilities of a notary public.

Requirements to become a notary public in South Dakota:

  1. At least 18 years old
  2. A South Dakota resident
  3. Able to speak, read, and write English
  4. No major convictions

Steps to become a South Dakota Notary Public:

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

2. Obtain a notary seal that contains your name and the words "Notary Public", and "South Dakota". Affix your seal on the application form.

3. Get a surety bond in the amount of $5,000 from a surety or insurance company.

4. Attached a $30.00 filing fee via check made payable to "Secretary of State".

5. Submit all the required documents and the filing fee to:

Secretary of State

500 East Capitol Ave

Pierre, SD 57501

6. Once the Secretary of State's Office approves your application, you will then receive a Notary Commission Certificate.

Term of Office

A South Dakota notary public is commissioned by the Secretary of State for a total term of six (6) years.

South Dakota Notary Fees

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

Acknowledgments

$10.00

Jurats

$10.00

Affirmations

$10.00

Oaths

There is no charge allowed for this service.

Find a Notary in South Dakota

A notary database has been provided by the South Dakota Secretary of State for searching active notaries public. As an alternative, FindNotary offers a much easier way to find a notary in South Dakota. We have the largest directory for notary public, mobile notaries, and notary services for South Dakota and the entire United States.

Resources:

  1. South Dakota Notary Public Services
  2. South Dakota Notary Public Bond
  3. South Dakota Notary Classes, Training, and Handbooks
  4. South Dakota Notary Seals and Supplies

For more information on how to become a South Dakota Notary, visit the South Dakota Notary Public website at http://sdsos.gov/content/viewcontent.aspx?cat=adminservices&pg=/adminservices/notaries.sht. You can also contact them at (605) 773-3537, or visit their office at 500 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre, South Dakota 57501.

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