State Information for South Carolina

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South Carolina Notary Requirements and Information

South Carolina Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must:
• be registered to vote;
• be able to read and write English;
• submit an application with no significant misstatement or omission of fact.

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:

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

Term of Office
10 year term.

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 strongly encouraged, paper notarial acts. Notary must “have” a seal of office, but SC law also allows for omission of the seal on a notarial certificate if the Notary’s official title is affixed below his/her signature. Acceptable forms of title include Notary Public, South Carolina; South Carolina Notary Public.

Authorized Duties
• Take acknowledgments and proofs of execution;
• administer oaths and affirmations;
• execute jurats;
• execute a signature witnessing;
• execute verifications.
• Any other acts authorized by law such as solemnize marriages and execute protests.

Contact Information for the State of South Carolina

State of South Carolina Notary Website

State of South Carolina Notary Manual

State of South Carolina Notary FAQs

State of South Carolina Online Notary Search

Phone Number
(803) 734-2512

Mailing Address
Secretary of State
Attn: Notary Division
1205 Pendleton St, Suite 525
Columbia, SC 29201

Apostilles, Certifications and Authentications Information

Phone Number
(803) 734-2512

Further Information

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