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Becoming a Notary Public has never been easier. All of your State's Contact Information is listed for your reference and review. Scroll down and you will find your State's Qualifications and easy to follow Application Procedures.

Thanks for allowing the Notary Learning Center to help you in becoming a Notary Public.

Because the qualifications and requirements are different for each state, use the "Select another State" menu above for information specific to becoming a Notary Public in that State.

Contact Information:

State Contact: Office of the Secretary of State
Appointing Authority: Secretary of State

Contact: Office of the Secretary of State

SC Secretary of State's Office
1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 525
Columbia, SC 29201

Telephone: 803-734-2512


Applicants for the office of notary public must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a registered voter to become a Notary Public. If you do not know your Voter Registration number, call your County Voters Registration Office or County Registration and Election Commission for this information. South Carolina Notary Public Application link shown below.

Term of Office
10 years

Secretary of State

Notary Education
Recommended-not required

Notary Exam
Not required

Study Course
"Notary Public Education Course"
FREE when you purchase a Notary Supply Package at The Notary's Store

Not required by state law

Seal of Office
Rubber Stamp Seal with reproducible ink required by state law, or Embossing Seal

Notary Journal
Officially recommended by the state

E & O insurance
Not required - Errors and Omissions Insurance is recommended for notary protection

Application Procedures

Step 1: Download and complete the South Carolina Notary Public Application

South Carolina Notary Public Application

Download and complete the application according to the instructions provided. The application must be completed and signed by a commissioned notary public. You will need to make arrangements to have a notary public take your acknowledgment under oath or affirmation that the information provided in the application is true. The Notary Search feature from Notary Rotary can be helpful in contacting a notary public. Simply click the link below, enter your home ZIP code and click search for a list of notaries public in your area: Click here Notary Search

Once you have completed the application you will need to mail it along with a check or money order in the amount of $25.00 made payable to "Mark Hammond Secretary of State", to the County Delegation Office for your home county. Your delegation office will forward the application to the Secretary of State's office. Upon receipt of a properly executed application the office of the Secretary of State will mail your commission within one week.

New and Renewing Notary Packages
New and Renewing Notary Packages
Renewing Notary Packages do not come with a notary journal

Step 2: Order your official seal and other supplies from The Notary's Store

Please visit The Notary's Store you will be entering the South Carolina section for your notary supplies. We offer New Notary Supply Package and a Renewing Notary Supply Package which include your state officially recommended South Carolina Notary Seal/Stamp, South Carolina Notary Journal, and other needed notary supplies at a special reduced price. There is no legal requirement in South Carolina that a notary public keep a record book or journal. However, a notary may keep a journal for his or her own record keeping and protection should a notarial act ever be called into question. The South Carolina Notary Journal, offered at The Notary's Store, was designed specifically for notaries public. To order, enter the required information and scroll down through the page to locate the notary packages, or you can purchase your notary supplies separately. Follow the onscreen instructions through checkout and your supplies will be sent to you as soon as your order is processed, and will ship to you in usually no more than 1-2 business days.

Note: An Errors and Omissions Insurance Policy is not required by law, but may be purchased as it protects the notary public and pays for any charges the notary might owe for legal fees and costs should the notary be sued.

Once you receive your official seal and other notarial supplies from The Notary's Store you will be ready to begin acting in your official capacity as a South Carolina notary public.

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