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Renewing your Commission has never been easier. All of your State's Contact Information is listed for your reference and review. Scroll down and you will find your State's Qualifications and easy to follow Application Procedures.

Thanks for allowing the Notary Learning Center to help you in renewing your Notary Public commission.

Because the qualifications and requirements are different for each state, use the "Select another State" menu above for information specific to becoming a Notary Public in that State.

Contact Information:

State Contact: Office of the Secretary of State
Appointing Authority: Secretary of State

Contact:
Office of the Secretary of State-Notary Administrator
State Capitol Building
500 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501

Telephone: 605-773-3539
E-Mail: notary@state.sd.us
Website: https://sdsos.gov/services-for-individuals/notary-public/default.aspx

Qualifications

Applicants for the office of notary public must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • The Secretary of State may not appoint, as a notary public, any individual who has been convicted of a felony.
  • Any applicant for the position of South Dakota notary public must be a South Dakota resident able to include a South Dakota address on the application.

Term of Office
6 years

Appointment
Secretary of State

Notary Education
Recommended-not required

Notary Exam
Not required

Study Course
"Notary Public Education Course"
FREE when you purchase a Notary Supply Package at The Notary's Store

Bond
$5,000 (Ordered before filing your application)

Seal of Office
Rubber Stamp Seal with reproducible ink required by state law, or Embossing Seal

Notary Journal
Officially recommended by the state

E & O insurance
Not required - Errors and Omissions Insurance is recommended for notary protection


Application Procedures

New and Renewing Notary Packages
New and Renewing Notary Packages
Renewing Notary Packages do not come with a notary journal

Our New and Renewal Notary Packages DO NOT include your required $5,000 South Dakota Notary Bond. The State of South Dakota requires purchasing your notary bond, which you will need to send along with your notary application.

Step 1: Order your Official Notary Supplies from The Notary's Store but you will need to order your notary bond separately.

Applicants for the office of notary public for the State of South Dakota must acquire a $5,000 surety bond, or arrange a personal surety, and an official seal as part of the application process. Please visit The Notary's Store you will be entering the South Dakota section for your official notary supplies. We offer a New Notary Supply Package and a Renewing Notary Supply Package which include your required South Dakota Notary Seal/Stamp,South Dakota Notary Journal and other needed notary supplies at a special reduced price, but you will need to order your required $5,000 South Dakota Notary Bond separately. South Dakota law does not require a notary to keep a record of his/her official acts, but it is recommended to do so. A record book will offer an excellent way of recalling past notarial acts. If a notary is called upon to testify in court, a record book may help establish what actually took place. The South Dakota Notary Journal, also available in the online store, was specifically designed for this purpose and contains many elements not available in other registers. To order, enter the required information and scroll down through the page to locate the notary packages, or you can purchase your notary supplies separately. Follow the instructions through checkout. Once you have your official bond you may proceed with step 2.

Your order will be processed as quickly as possible, usually shipping in 1-2 days.

Step 2: Complete the South Dakota Notary Public Application

Complete the Notary Public Application, Oath and Bond and sign your portion of the surety bond form, making sure to include an impression of your seal in the appropriate place. If you have any questions, please contact the Notary Administrator, at (605) 773 3539. When the application is complete send it and a filing fee in the amount of $30.00, made payable to "Secretary of State", to the following address:

Secretary of State
500 East Capitol Ave
Pierre, SD 57501

If your application is approved, the office of the Secretary of State will send your notary commission certificate and a copy of the South Dakota notary public handbook to you at the address listed in the application. Only after you have received a Notary Commission Certificate issued by the Secretary of State, are you authorized to notarize documents.

Note: An Errors and Omissions Insurance Policy does not replace a bond, but will help to repay the bonding company if a claim is ever made. Errors and Omissions is not required by law, but may be purchased as it protects the notary public and pays for any charges the notary might owe for legal fees and costs should the notary be sued.


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