How Do I Become a Notary Public?
Application-Oath and Bond form may be obtained from the Office of the Secretary of State,
State Capitol Building, 500 East Capitol Ste 204, Pierre, SD 57501, or this
Before you submit the application, please make sure that you complete the
- Purchase a notary seal from any office supply store or printing company in
your area. You 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 your residence address. If you reside
in an out-of-state county bordering South Dakota, complete your
Employer/Business name and South Dakota business address.
- Complete the previous notary commission question, date of birth and felony
- 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 Personal Surety Form. 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.
- Enclose a $30.00 filing fee, Make checks payable to Secretary of State.
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
State Capitol, 500 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre SD 57501
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