While South Dakota law no longer requires a register be kept by a notary, it would certainly be to the advantage of the notary to do so. Most lawsuits against notaries could be avoided if the notary kept a record. Such register should include at a minimum some of the following information:
There are other details which might be included such as land description, kinds of identification presented, number of pages to document, etc. The notary journal serves as an excellent form of legal protection for the notary for two important reasons:
The notary journal and official seal or stamp should always be kept in a safe and secure place.