Notary Public Commissions

Processing of a notary application takes approximately 10-19 days from the date it is received by our office.

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The National Notary Association and the Notary Law Institute are not associated with the South Dakota Secretary of State's office.


The notary public is a position of great importance with origins that trace back to the days of the Republic of Rome. Today, it remains a position of importance in our republic. We are excited to provide this resource guide to you as a reference. Within these pages you will find the State's notary statutes, definitions of terms commonly used in performing notarial acts, and the procedures for becoming a notary public in South Dakota. Referencing the Notary handbook will help the notary have a greater understanding of the decisions, responsibilities and obligations entrusted to this office.

The oath of notary public carries with it a serious obligation. Once appointed and commissioned, a notary public becomes a public officer charged with "special trust and confidence in integrity and ability." To faithfully serve the public, the notary public must be knowledgeable about his or her responsibilities.

It is our hope that the Reference Information to the right will be a valuable resource for notaries public in South Dakota. If you have any questions or if we can be of any further service to you, feel free to contact our office at (605)773-3537 or email us at Notary@state.sd.us.
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Reference Information
Resource information for questions regarding notary public requirements, duties and governing statutes.
Search Notary Public Commission Records
Provides the public with the means to verify active notary public commissions through searches by name, expiration date, city or county.
Request Notary Database Download
Complete the form to request a download of the South Dakota Notary Database.
South Dakota Notary Handbook
Provides guidelines, processes and South Dakota statutes regarding notaries public.
Print Paper Forms
- Notary Application Form
- Notary Change Request Form