State Information for South Dakota

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South Dakota Notary Requirements and Information

South Dakota Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must:
• be a resident of the state of South Dakota or a resident of a county in a bordering state and is regularly employed in South Dakota; and
• not have been convicted of a felony.

How to Apply to Become a South Dakota Notary
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the South Dakota Secretary of State:

Appointing Officer
Secretary of State.

Term of Office
6 year term.

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Not required.

Notary Bond Requirement
$5,000 Bond Required (6-year term)

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Not required for traditional (physical presence) paper notarial acts, or for notarization of a tangible (paper) document with the principal appearing before the Notary by means of communication technology.

Notary Seal Requirement
Ink stamp or embossing seal required, paper notarial acts.

Authorized Duties
• Take acknowledgments and proofs;
• administer oaths and affirmations;
• take verifications on oath or affirmation;
• witness or attest a signature;
• certify or attest a copy;
• note protests.
• With regard to tangible (paper) documents only, a South Dakota notarial officer may perform these notarial acts by means of communication technology, for a remotely located individual who is personally known. (The notarial certificate must be completed on the tangible document.)

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the South Dakota Secretary of State:

Contact Information for the State of South Dakota

State of South Dakota Notary Website

State of South Dakota Notary Handbook

State of South Dakota Notary FAQs

State of South Dakota Online Notary Search

Phone Number
(605) 773-3537

Mailing Address
Secretary of State
500 East Capitol Ave
Pierre, SD 57501

Apostilles, Certifications and Authentications Information

Phone Number
(605) 773-4845

Further Information

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