Become a South Dakota Notary
- Be 18 years or older
- Be a resident of South Dakota or reside in a county bordering South Dakota and maintain a place of work or business within the state of South Dakota
- Never have been convicted of a felony
- Meet the eligibility requirements
- Purchase a notary seal prior to filing the notary application because the application requires an imprint of the notary seal as a requirement for processing
- Requires the applicant’s name be exactly as found on his or her notary seal imprint
- Properly complete and submit the Notary Public Application, Oath & 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
Please Note: The Notary Public Commission must be posted in a conspicuous place in the notary’s office for public inspection.
500 East Capitol Avenue, Suite 204
Pierre, SD 57501-5077
Type – embossed seal or rubber stamp seal
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 or resignation.
- Acknowledgments - $10.00
- Oaths or affirmations - $10.00
- Jurats - $10.00
- Take acknowledgments
- Administer oaths or affirmations
- Continue to use the notary commission as it was issued. The notary public would continue to sign his or her name using the surname on the commission.
- Continue to use the notary commission as it was issued and add to the signature an appropriate notation such as “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 to the Secretary of State with the imprint of the new seal without any additional filing fee. To download the Notary Public Request to Change Record form, visit -- http://sdsos.gov/services-for-individuals/notary-public/name-changes.aspx
- 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 if 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 public at the time of the performance of the notarial act
- Exercising the duties of a notary public after the expiration of the commission or when otherwise disqualified
- Acting as a notary public or notarizing a document without first obtaining a notary 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: July 2016