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State Information for South Carolina

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South Carolina Notary Requirements and Information

South Carolina Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must:
• be a United States citizen;
• be at least 18 years old;
• be a resident of South Carolina;
• be able to read and write the English language;
• be a registered voter in the state declaring a county and precinct; and
• not be under a court order declaring mental incompetence; not serving a term of imprisonment resulting from a conviction of a crime; and have never been convicted of a felony or offense against the election laws OR if previously convicted, have served an entire sentence including probation or parole, or have received a pardon for the conviction.

How to Apply to Become a South Carolina Notary
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the South Carolina Secretary of State: https://sos.sc.gov/services-and-filings/notaries

Term of Office
10 Year Term

Appointing Officer
Governor - appoints notaries.
Secretary of State - maintains records, regulates.

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Not Required

Notary Bond Requirement
Not Required

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Not Required

Notary Seal Requirement
Ink Stamp or Embossing Seal Required*
→SC law requires the notary to "have" a seal of office, and use of a seal of office is strongly recommended by the SC Secretary of State and American Society of Notaries. However, SC statutes state that the absence of the seal of office or commission expiration date on a notarial certificate does not render the notarization invalid IF the notary's official title is "affixed" (written, stamped, preprinted, etc.) below his/her signature on the notarial certificate. The SC Secretary of State's Notary Public Reference Manual provides the following forms as the notary's official title:
  • Notary Public for South Carolina;
  • SC Notary Public; or
  • Notary Public for SC

Authorized Duties
• take acknowledgments;
• administer oaths and affirmations;
• execute attestations and jurats;
• execute signature witnessing;
• execute verifications of fact (proof);
Any other acts authorized by law such as
• solemnize marriages;
• execute protests.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the South Carolina Secretary of State: https://sos.sc.gov/services-and-filings/notaries

Contact Information for the State of South Carolina

State Notary Website

South Carolina Notary Online Search

Phone Number
(803) 734-2512

Mailing Address
SC Secretary of State's Office
1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 525
Columbia, SC 29201

Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(803) 734-2512

Further Information

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Information on this page is provided with the understanding that the user is solely responsible for his/her knowledge of notarial law, procedures and practices. The information contained on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. All information is subject to change without notice and therefore is provided “as is,” free of warranty of any kind. Last updated October 2019.

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