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South Dakota Notary Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a new notary public? This is a list of our most frequently asked questions about becoming a notary
and what supplies you will need in the state of South Dakota.


South Dakota Notary Public: a person authorized to perform certain legal formalities such as: oaths and affirmations, jurats and acknowledgements. A notary can also be referred to as a signing agent. The South Dakota Notary Public Handbook is a great reference.

See our How to Become a Notary Infographic for an easy breakdown of the steps you will need to take.

How do I become a notary in South Dakota?

You must purchase a notary seal and imprint it on your Notary Application. Submit an oath of office and proof of a $5,000 surety bond with your application. The filing fee is $30.

Who can become a notary in South Dakota?

Must be age 18 or older Must have regular employment in or be a resident of South Dakota Must not have any felony convictions

Where can I practice my notary services?

Anywhere in the state of South Dakota.

Who can I notarize for?

You can notarize for any member of the public who makes a sensible request and meets all the requirements for notarization. For Example: Must have proof of identity and be physically present.

What kind of training do I need?

There is no exam or notary course needed for notaries in South Dakota.

Do I need a bond or insurance?

There is a surety bond required for South Dakota notaries in the amount of $5,000. Errors and Omissions insurance (E&O) is optional, but recommended for your protection against any claims of negligence or damages that result from misconduct.

What are the upfront costs?

  • The application filing fee is $30
  • The price of the bonds and insurance will vary depending on the vendor
  • Prices on Notary Supplies may vary (Notary seal stamps and embossers)

What type of equipment will I need?

  • Notary Seal Stamp or Embosser

Your notary seal will be customized with the following: Name, Seal, Notary Public and South Dakota. If you choose an embosser, you will need seal impression inker for your seal to be photographically reproduced.

  • Notary Records Journal

This is not a requirement, but it is recommended as the best way to keep all notarization standardized in chronological order thanks to the durable, bound booklet with numbered paged and a glossary of terms and procedures.

Should I get business cards or marketing materials?

Although not a requirement, if you believe it is helpful for your business to have these, then it is a good idea. If you work for a company as a notary singing agent, then discuss with them if this would be necessary.

Is there legal risk?

Yes, since being a notary grants you certain permissions and responsibilities, there is also the need for insurance.

How much legal risk will I face?

Risk should be assessed on a case by case basis, but being a notary signing agent comes with the responsibility of fully understanding the risks involved. Having E&O Insurance can potentially reduce your exposure to risk.

How long does my commission last?

You will have an active commission for six years. If you would like the same month and day expiration date on your renewed application, you must apply before your commission expires.