How to Become a Notary Public in South Dakota
- Complete the Online South Dakota Notary Training Course
- Purchase a notary seal from Notary.netYou may purchase an embossing seal or a rubber stamp. The seal must contain your “name”, the words “Notary Public,” and “South Dakota”. If a rubber stamp is used the word “Seal” must be included and a border must surround the imprint of the seal. Once you have purchased a notary seal, make an imprint in the square box in the upper left hand corner of the application.
- Complete the oath and bond portions with your signature and the surety signature. The $5000 bond can be purchased from a local insurance company and you will pay the insurance company a premium for the six-year bond. If you do not want to purchase a notary bond, you may have a personal surety. To use a personal surety, omit the bond portion on the front page of the application and complete the backside. A personal surety can be a friend, relative, spouse or co-worker whom will sign on their own behalf and be liable for your $5000 bond if you perform any unlawful acts with your notary commission. A personal surety cannot be a company, business or organization and a personal surety cannot have his/her name removed for any reason.
- Each application must be approved by the Office of the Attorney General before the commission may be issued.
- Enclose a $30 filing fee, Make checks payable to Secretary of State.
- Complete the previous notary commission question, date of birth and felony conviction question.
- List a South Dakota address and South Dakota County on the application.
- All applications received without the above requirements will be returned to the applicant’s address on the application. Failure to complete the application fully will result in denial of a Notary Public commission.
- A renewal requires the same procedure as an original application.
- Only after you have received a Notary Commission Certificate issued by the Secretary of State, are you authorized to notarize documents. Also with the Notary Commission you will receive a Notary Public handbook for your reference.
If you have any questions, please contact the Notary Administrator, at (605) 773 3539.