Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is an Errors and Omissions Insurance—Protection for the Notary?

    Notaries may choose to buy Errors and Omissions Insurance (E&O) for the exclusive protection it provides against claims of negligence and unintentional mistakes made while performing notarial acts.

  2. Can a South Dakota notary notarize in another state?

    No, South Dakota notaries can only notarize within the state of South Dakota.

  3. What type of identification is sufficient when notarizing?
    1. Driver’s license or non-driver identification card;
    2. U.S. Passport;
    3. An identification card issued by any branch of U.S. Armed Forces; OR
    4. Identification card issued by U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, such as a Resident Alien card (sometimes referred to as a “green card”)

  4. Will information about my being a Notary be public?

    Yes. South Dakota Codified Law (SDCL) 18-1-4 expressly states that “The Secretary of State shall keep in his office a record of such appointments and the date of their expiration. South Dakota open record statutes under SDCL 1-27 presume a record is open, unless otherwise designated as closed. There is no exemption for notary public information, such as name and address. Please be aware that the address disclosed on your Notary Application Oath and Bond will be in the public domain and will be available for public view on the state’s web site.