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Here, you can learn how to become a notary, how to renew your notary commission, and where to find educational opportunities for notaries public.

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Notary Education
Become a Notary in South Carolina
Find a Notary Class in South Carolina
Begin Notary Public 101

In most states, becoming a notary public involves meeting a number of requirements. Generally, you must be 18 years of age, not have a serious criminal history, and successfully complete an application process. In some states, the notary application process will require notary education (ranging from a simple online course to a notary class and competency exam) and a background check, as well as the purchase of a surety bond. A more thorough explanation for your state is described below.


Become a South Carolina notary public with Notary Rotary, Inc.


You must be a registered voter to become a Notary Public. If you do not know your Voter Registration number, call your County Voters Registration Office or County Registration and Election Commission for this information. The number should be listed under County Government.

Term of Appointment:

A South Carolina notary public commission is valid for a period of ten (10) years, unless resigned or revoked sooner.

Step 1: Download and complete the South Carolina notary public application.

South Carolina Notary Public Application

Download and complete the application according to the instructions provided. If you are a first time notary, be sure to check "new" in the top right hand corner of the application.  You must sign the application in the presence of a commissioned notary public. The Find a Notary feature from Notary Rotary may be helpful in locating a notary in your area.  Simply enter your ZIP code and search for a notary in your area to assist in notarizing your signature.

The bottom portion of the application is be completed by your county delegation.  Addresses for the legislation delegation are on the front of the application. 

Once you have completed the top portion of the application, attach a $25 check or money order made payable to "SC Secretary of State."  Mail the application and fee to the County Delegation Office in your home county for the required signatures. Your delegation office will forward your application to the Secretary of State's office. Upon receipt of a properly executed application, the office of the Secretary of State will mail your commission within one week.

Step 2: Order your official seal and other supplies from Notary Rotary, Inc.

Each notary public for the State of South Carolina shall have a seal of office, or South Carolina notary stamp, that shall be affixed to his or her instruments of publications and protestations. South Carolina does not require the use of a journal or notarial record book, however we always advise notaries to acquire one. A journal or record book is a good way to provide proof if one of your official acts is ever called into question. The Modern Journal of Notarial Events, from Notary Rotary, Inc., is an excellent journal designed specifically for notaries public.

Visit South Carolina Notary Supplies in the Notary Rotary online store to purchase your supplies. Enter the store to purchase your South Carolina notary stamp, Modern Journal of Notarial Events, and any other supplies you may need. To order, enter the required information, scroll down through the page to locate and select the desired products, and follow the instructions through checkout.  Your order will be processed as quickly as possible, usually shipping within 2-3 days.

Once you receive your official seal and other notarial supplies from Notary Rotary, Inc. you will be ready to begin acting in your official capacity as a South Carolina notary public.

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