How to become a Georgia Notary

Abbreviation: GA   |   4th State   |   Statehood: January 2, 1788 |
To become a Georgia notary public, a person must meet all of the requirements listed below:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be a United States citizen or a legal resident of the United States
  • Be a legal resident of the county from which the individual is appointed or, if a non-resident, reside in a state bordering Georgia and maintain a business in Georgia or be regularly employed in the Georgia county where applying
  • Be able to read and write English
  • Have an operating telephone and provide it on the application
The clerk’s office issues a notary certificate of appointment.In order to receive a Georgia notary public commission:

  • An applicant must meet the eligibility requirements.
  • A new applicant must provide two character reference affidavits to attest to his or her integrity and good moral character and properly complete and submit a notary application form to the Clerk of the Superior Court of the county of appointment with a filing fee of $37. To download the application forms, visit -
  • Each notary public must take and subscribe before the clerk of the superior court an oath of office before undertaking his or her notarial duties
Non-Resident Georgia Notary:
Permitted. A resident of a state bordering Georgia may apply if he or she maintains a business or is regularly employed in Georgia. Such a person will be commissioned in the county in which he or she maintains a business or is regularly employed. Non-residents must also meet all of the legal requirements stated above.
Georgia Notary Bond:
None required.
Notary Errors & Omissions Insurance:
Optional. The American Association of Notaries strongly recommends that Georgia notaries public insure themselves against claims of negligence through the purchase of Notary Errors and Omissions insurance. For additional information, please visit our website at or call (800) 721-2663.
Filing Fee:
A $37 state filing fee is required for new and renewal notary applications.
Georgia Notary Term:
Four years.
Clerks of the Superior Courts

The application process must take place in the Clerk of Superior Court in the county of the applicant’s residence.

Georgia Superior Court Clerks Cooperative Authority
Notary Division
1875 Century Blvd, Ste. 100
Atlanta, Georgia 30345
(404) 327-6023

Notary Commission Renewal:
Notaries public may submit a renewal application no more than 30 days prior to their expiration date. Renewal of a commission is made by mail or in person at the discretion of the appointing clerk. Notaries must contact their county Clerk of Superior Court for specific procedures.
None Required. The Georgia Superior Court Clerks Cooperative Authority and the American Association of Notaries strongly recommend that potential Georgia notaries take a notary course prior to submitting their notary application.
Georgia Notary Stamp/Notary Seal:

Type – embosser or rubber-inked stamp

Ink color – not specified in the statute

Shape/Dimensions – not specified by notary laws

Required elements - notary public’s name and the words “Notary Public,” “Georgia,” and “________ County” (the name of the county where the notary was commissioned). Notaries must provide written notification to the appointing clerk with a copy to the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority within 10 days of loss or theft of their notary seal.

Record Book:
None Required. It is strongly recommended by the Secretary of State and the American Association of Notaries that Georgia notaries public record every notarial act in a notary journal. For Georgia notary supplies, please contact the American Association of Notaries by calling 800.721.2663 or visiting our website at
Notary Fees:
Notary fees are set by state law. A notary public is allowed to charge for each notarial act, but not more than:

  • Acknowledgments - $2.00
  • Oaths or affirmations - $2.00
  • Jurats - $2.00
  • Copy certifications - $2.00
A Georgia notary has the authority to:

  • Take acknowledgments
  • Administer oaths and affirmations
  • Witness or attest signatures or execution of deeds and other written instruments
  • Witness affidavits upon oath or affirmation
  • Take verifications upon oath or affirmation
  • Certify copies of non-recordable documents
  • Perform such other acts as notaries are authorized to perform by the laws of the State of Georgia
Electronic Notarization:
The State of Georgia has not enacted/adopted statutes, rules, and/or procedures for electronic notarizations. The Uniform Electronic Transaction Act was enacted in Georgia in the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, Title 10, Chapter 12, Sections 10-12-1 through 10-12-20 authorizing a notary’s electronic signature.
Address Change:
Required. Submit a letter of notice to the appointing Clerk of Superior Court within 30 days of any change of residence or business address, whichever was used for the purpose of appointment, and provide a copy to the Georgia Superior Court Clerk’s Cooperative Authority.
Name Change:
Required. Submit a letter of notice to the appointing Clerk of the Superior Court within 30 days of the name change and provide a copy to the Georgia Superior Court Clerk’s Cooperative Authority. The notice shall contain both the old and new name and the new signature.
Required. Submit a letter of notice within 10 days to the appointing Clerk of Superior Clerk, with a copy to the Georgia Superior Court Clerk’s Cooperative Authority, and all papers of appointment. The notary public must destroy the official seal.
Prohibited Acts:
A notary public may not:

  • Notarize his or her own signature
  • Notarize a document if the notary is named in it
  • Execute a notarial certificate that contains a false statement
  • Notarize for a signer he or she cannot identify based on personal knowledge or satisfactory evidence
  • Notarize for a person who is being coerced
  • Issue attachments or garnishments or approve bonds for issuing the same
  • Issue any summons in a dispossessory case
  • Perform a notarial act if he or she knows or suspects it is illegal, false, or deceptive
  • Perform a notarial act with intent to deceive or defraud
  • Claim or imply that he or she has powers, qualifications, rights, or privileges that the office of notary does not authorize, including the powers to counsel on immigration matters and to give legal advice
  • Certify copies of documents recordable in the public records
  • Notarize for a person whose demeanor causes compelling doubts about whether the person knows the consequences of the transaction requiring the notarial act
  • Notarize in situations that impugn and compromise the notary’s impartiality
Criminal Penalty:
Any person who violates subsection (d) of Code Section 45-17-8 shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Any person who performs any notarial service without complying with the provisions of the notary statute mentioned herein shall, upon the first or second conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon a third or subsequent conviction, be guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment of not less than one year nor more than five years, a fine of up to $5,000.00, or both.
Notarial Certificates:
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Revised: July 2015

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