Notary Bulletin Hotline Tip: How Long Should I Keep My Old Notary Journal? By NNA Staff on May 23, 2013 in Hotline Tips How long is a Notary required to keep his or her old Notary journals? – L.H., South Dakota South Dakota does not require Notaries to maintain a journal, though it is a practice recommended by the South Dakota Secretary of State. The retention period is not addressed since it is not a requirement; therefore, it is up to the discretion of the Notary how long to keep the journal. In the absence of a law or a rule, the NNA recommends following The Notary Public Code of Professional Responsibility and keeping his or her official journal of notarial acts in his or her possession for at least 10 years from the date of the last entry in the journal (VIII-C-2) as it can provide very important documentation in the event of a future lawsuit. Confronted with a tricky notarization? Unsure how to proceed? NNA members have unlimited access to our expertly trained NNA Hotline counselors to help you with all of your notarial questions. Call (888) 876-0827, Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST; Saturday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST Email Share Leave a Comment Required * Name * Email *(for verfication purposes only) Comment * Enter the text shown in this image *(text is case sensitive)All comments are reviewed and if approved, will display.