Become a South Dakota Notary
- Be 18 years or older
- Be a resident of South Dakota
- Not have been convicted of a felony
- Meet the eligibility requirements
- Properly complete and submit the Notary Application-Oath and Bond form to the Secretary of State with a filing fee of $30, along with a $5,000 bond; To download the application forms, go to
- Purchase a notary seal will have to be purchased prior to filing the application because the application requires an imprint of the seal
500 East Capitol Avenue, Suite 204
Pierre, SD 57501-5077
Type – embosser, rubber-inked stamp, or the perma-stamp
Ink color – any color as long as the seal can be reproduced under photographic methods.
Shape – round or Rectangular
Required elements --notary’s name and the words “Notary Public” and “South Dakota.” The seal should have a border surrounding the imprint. A rubber stamp has to contain the word “Seal.” “My commission expires: (date)” must be included below the seal’s imprint. The commission expiration date cannot be a part of the official notary seal imprint. The seal is the exclusive property of the notary public and must not be surrendered to an employer upon termination/resignation.
- Acknowledgments $10.00
- Oaths or affirmations $10.00
- Jurats $10.00 A notary public may not charge a fee for notarizing an absentee ballot.
- Take acknowledgments
- Administer oaths or affirmations
- notarize under their commissioned name;
- notarize under their commissioned name and add to their signature "presently" or "now" and the new name;
- change the name on the notary commission by completing and submitting the Notary Request to Change Record form with the imprint of the new seal. To download the Notary Public Request to Change Record form, visit http://www.sdsos.gov/adminservices/notaries.shtm.
- Prepare, draft, or give legal advice concerning legal documents
- Notarize a blank or incomplete instrument
- Notarize a document that has already been signed
- Attempt to take an acknowledgment or administer an oath over the telephone
- Overcharge for notary services
- Notarize a document without the appearance of the signer at the time of the notarization
- Notarize his or her own signature
- Notarize any document that the notary is personally interested directly or indirectly in the transaction
- Notarize a signature not made or authenticated in the notary’s presence
- Permit other individuals to use his official seal or stamp
- Notarizing any document when the parties have not personally appeared before the notary at the time of the execution of the notarization
- Exercising the duties of a notary public after the expiration of one's commission or when otherwise disqualified
- Notarizing a document without first obtaining a commission from the Secretary of State
- Notarizing a document when the notary public has also signed the document as a party to the transaction
Revised: February 2013
Notary bonds and errors and omissions insurance policies provided by this insurance agency, American Association of Notaries, Inc., are underwritten by Western Surety Company, Universal Surety of America, or Surety Bonding Company of America, which are subsidiaries of CNA Surety. American Association of Notaries is owned by Kal Tabbara, a licensed insurance agent.