South Carolina Notaries Receive a Raise

Senate Bill 356 recently passed in the South Carolina Senate. Sc One of the changes of the bill is increased fees for South Carolina notaries.  The new notarial fees are as follows:
  • Acknowledgement: $5 per signing
  • Oath or affirmation without a signature: $5 per person
  • Signature witnessing: $5 per signature
  • Jurat: $5 per signature
  • Verification of fact: $5 per certificate
  • Notaries may change a travel fee, but only if it is
o   a. decided before the notarial act and o   b. the notary explains the travel fee is separate from the notarial fee and is not mandated by law.
  • A notary public is not required to charge a fee.
Other highlights of the bill include:
  • Requires the applicant to be able to read and write English
  • Contains clear definition of notarial terms
  • Defines what a notary public can and cannot do. For instance, the bill outlines what to do when a mark is used as a signature, and dictates a notary cannot complete an act for a blank document.
The full bill can be found on the Secretary of State’s website.