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 (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 form has not been filed.
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.
The preparation of deeds, notes, mortgages, and any other documents related to the transfer of property does not fall within the duties or powers of a notary public. A notary public may not offer advice related to the documents involved in the transfer of property or any other legal document.
Other questions? Review the frequently asked questions about Notaries Public.