South Dakota Notary FAQs

What are the requirements to become a notary in South Dakota?

To become a notary public in South Dakota, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen or legal permanent resident
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a legal South Dakota resident (or a legal resident of an adjoining state who is employed or operating a business in South Dakota)
  • Have no felony convictions

Why was my South Dakota notary application rejected?

These are some common reasons why your notary application can be rejected:

  • The name you signed on the application is not the exact same name that is on the surety bond.
  • You did not include the state-required $30 application fee.
  • You did not make a clear impression of your notary seal on the application.
  • You did not answer whether or not you have been convicted of a felony.

Do I need to take an exam to become a South Dakota notary?

No. However, our online notary package includes a general notary course to help you understand your duties.

Do I need a notary bond in South Dakota?

Yes South Dakota requires a $5,000 notary bond for both new and renewing commissions. Our South Dakota notary package includes a bond as well as everything else you need to become a notary!

Can I submit a South Dakota notary application online?

No. You must mail your state application along with the $30 state fee to:

Secretary of State
500 E. Capitol Ave., Suite 204
Pierre, South Dakota 57501

Does South Dakota require a notary journal?

No, but the state highly recommends keeping a journal. We include one in our complete notary package since we feel it is important to keep track of notarizations for your protection.

Does South Dakota require a notary stamp?

Yes. We include a self-inking stamp that meets state requirements in our complete notary package. All our packages include a self-inking notary stamp in your choice of 12 colors.

How long is a South Dakota notary commission valid?

South Dakota notary commissions last for six years, starting the day the Secretary of State makes the appointment and issues the commission.

How do I renew my South Dakota notary commission?

The notary commission renewal process in South Dakota is the same as applying for a new commission. You fill out the same application including a new surety bond and submit the $30 state application fee.

A renewal application may be submitted no earlier than 60 days before your current commission’s expiration date.