The Office of the Secretary of State is responsible for the commissioning of Notaries Public for South Carolina and keeping the original copies of the Oath of Office on file. For more information on Notaries and the Notary application process, please visit the Notaries page.
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.
The South Carolina Notary Public Manual is now available online.
State Authentication is a certificate authenticating the acts of a Notary Public or an official whose signature is filed with this office. Countries that are parties to the Hague Convention allow a form of certification called an Apostille. For more information on apostilles, please visit the Apostilles page.
SC Secretary of State's Office
1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 525
Columbia, SC 29201