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Notaries

To register for the 2022 Notary Public Seminar please visit the Press Release Here

Title 26, Chapter 1 of S.C. Code of Laws defines the duties and acts performed by notaries public in the state of South Carolina. The Secretary of State commissions notaries public for South Carolina and keeps their oaths of office on file. Notaries public are public officers whose main purpose is to prevent fraud in the execution of documents. The South Carolina Notary Public Reference Manual (PDF) describes the duties of this office in detail and serves as a reference if you are a notary public.

To apply to become a South Carolina Notary Public, you may complete the Notary Public Application and Renewal Application (PDF). You must be a registered voter to become a notary public. If you do not know your voter registration number, call your County Board of Elections and Voter Registration or you may visit the South Carolina Election Commission website.

If you have a current notary commission and you have changed your name or address since the issuance of the commission, you must inform the Secretary of State's Office by filing a Change in Status and Duplicate Commission Request Form (PDF) form within 45 days of the change. A renewal application that indicates a notary has changed his or her name or address will be rejected if a Change in Status and Duplicate Commission Request form has not been filed. You may also request a duplicate notary commission by filing the Change in Status and Duplicate Commission Request Form.

If you are resigning or no longer qualified as a notary then you may complete the Change in Status Resignation Form (PDF) to mail into our office.

Electronic Notarization

On May 18, 2021, Governor Henry McMaster signed the South Carolina Electronic Notary Public Act into law.

The Act permits a notary public to register as an electronic notary and sets forth the requirements for electronic notaries public and electronic notarial acts. Online registration as an electronic notary public will be open to commissioned notaries following promulgation of administrative regulations and approval of electronic notarization technology vendors.

For more information, please see the Press Release Here.

If you are an electronic notary solution provider and would like to register with the Secretary of State’s Office, please contact us at it@sos.sc.gov.

Applications for registration as an electronic notary public are not available at this time. Following registration of electronic notarization technology vendors, the Secretary of State will make available an online portal for registration of electronic notaries public. More information will be posted when registration is available.

Other questions? Review the frequently asked questions about Notaries Public.