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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 Dakota
Find a Notary Class in South Dakota
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 Dakota notary public with Notary Rotary, Inc.


The Secretary of State may not appoint, as a notary public, any individual who has been convicted of a felony.

Any applicant for the position of South Dakota notary public must be a South Dakota resident able to include a South Dakota address on the application.

Term of Appointment:

A South Dakota notary public commission is valid for six (6) years unless resigned or revoked sooner.

Step 1: Order your surety bond and application form, official seal, and other supplies from Notary Rotary, Inc.

Applicants for the office of notary public for the State of South Dakota must acquire a $5,000 surety bond and application, or arrange a personal surety, and an official South Dakota notary seal as part of the application process. These items, as well as many other items, may be purchased from Notary Rotary. The PDF version of the application can also be found here: South Dakota Notary Application.

There is no legal requirement to keep a journal or other record of your notarial acts, but it is generally prudent to do so. A journal of your notarial acts assists you with record keeping and would serve as proof of what occured should a notarial act ever be called into question.

Use the following link to order your South Dakota notary supplies.  Enter the store to purchase your $5,000 surety bond and application, South Dakota notary seal, 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 within 2-3 days.

Step 2: Complete the South Dakota notary public application when you receive it from Notary Rotary, Inc.

Complete the application, and sign your portion of the surety bond form, making sure to include an impression of your seal in the appropriate place. If you have any questions, please contact the Notary Administrator, at (605) 773-3539. Attach a $30 check or money order made payable to "Secretary of State." Mail the application, bond and fee to the following address:

Notary Administrator
State Capitol, 500 East Capitol Ave
Pierre, SD 57501

If your application is approved, the office of the Secretary of State will send your notary commission certificate and a copy of the South Dakota Notary Public Handbook to you at the address listed in the application.  Only after you have received a Notary Commission Certificate issued by the Secretary of State, are you authorized to notarize documents.

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