Notary Application Instructions
Following these steps will help to ensure a complete application and timely approval. Failure to complete these
steps accurately will cause the rejection of your application and a delay in receiving your commission.
1) Obtain your Notary Seal.
• Can be a rubber or embossing stamp, shaped as a circle, square or rectangle, that reflects your name EXACTLY as you
will be commissioned and as you will sign when notarizing.
• Must include your name and the words “Notary Public” and “South Dakota” and if the seal is a rubber stamp it must also
include the word “seal”.
• DO NOT include an expiration date inside the border of the seal – it must be OUTSIDE of the border.
2) Complete the Notary Application.
• Make a legible imprint of your seal in the box. If you have two seals, include both on the application or a separate sheet.
• Complete your name EXACTLY as it appears on your seal.
• The residence address MUST be your physical address. A post office box, business address or your mailing address alone
is not acceptable. If your mailing address is different than your residence address, enter the address, city, state, and zip.
• Complete the questions regarding if you have been a South Dakota Notary, your date of birth and whether you have ever
been convicted of a felony. NOTE: Failure to answer any of these questions correctly or leaving them blank will
cause your application to be rejected.
• If you reside at an address in an out-of-state county bordering South Dakota, complete the Employer/Business Name and
South Dakota Business Address. This MUST be a South Dakota address.
3) Complete the Oath portion of the application
• Enter the county where the oath is signed.
• Enter your name EXACTLY as it is on your seal and as it is entered in the top section.
• Date and sign the Oath with your name EXACTLY as it appears on your seal.
4) Complete the Bond information
The Attorney General’s office requires a $5,000 Notary Public Bond to accompany the application. This bond would cover any
unlawful acts performed with your notary commission. The bond can EITHER be a $5,000 Surety Bond issued by an insurance
company OR an individual personal surety.
o For a six-year, $5,000 surety bond, contact a local
insurance company to obtain a policy.
o Complete the Bond section of the application,
listing your name exactly as it appears on your seal
and as it is entered in the top section.
o Enter the Bond Number.
o Date the section.
o BOTH you and the surety must sign. Your
signature must be EXACTLY as it appears on your
o Do not complete the personal surety page of the
o If you prefer the personal surety, do not complete
o A personal Surety can be a friend, relative, spouse or co-
worker who will sign on their own behalf and be liable for
your $5000 bond if you perform any unlawful acts with
your notary commission. A personal surety must be an
individual and CANNOT be a company, business or
o Complete the Personal Surety Form by entering your name
and your county of residence.
o Enter your personal surety’s full name, county of residence
and full address.
o You (the notary) and your Personal Surety must BOTH
sign and date the form in front of a Notary Public who is
NEITHER you nor your personal surety.
o The Notary must notarize BOTH signatures and include the
proper information in BOTH sections.
o A personal surety CANNOT have their name removed.
5) Enclose the $30 filing fee and send completed application to the Secretary of State’s address listed on the form.
ONLY after you have received a Notary Commission Certificate issued by the
Secretary of State are you authorized to notarize documents.
Should you have any questions, contact our office at 605/773-3537 or email Notary@state.sd.us.