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How to Become a Notary in the State of Georgia

by American Association of Notaries
Follow our step-by-step guide below to learn how to become a Georgia notary.

To become an Georgia notary, a notary applicant must:

1. Be at least 18 years old
2. Be a citizen or a legal resident of the United States
3. Be a legal resident in the county he or she is applying in
4. Have a operating telephone number to include on your notary application
5. Be able to read and write in English

If you meet the above qualifications you can apply to become a Georgia notary by:

1. Completing an online notary application
2. Printing out the PDF file of your notary application
3. Signing Section 3 A of the notary application in the presence of a notary public
4. Having the notary complete Section 3 B of the notary application
5. Having the two endorsers you provided on notary application sign Section 4 A and B
6. Taking your completed notary application and government or state issued identification to your County Clerk of Superior Court Office
7. Paying the $37.00-$42.00 fee to the County Clerk and taking your oath of office

How can I start the Georgia notary application process to become a Georgia notary?

To become a Georgia notary, please follow the instructions listed on the previous section on "How to become a Georgia notary". Click here for more information on how to become a Georgia notary, and read our Georgia law section. More information can found at the Georgia Secretary of State's website.

How do I renew my Georgia notary commission?

Renewing your Georgia notary commission requires you to take the same steps as applying for a Georgia notary commission for the first time. A new application should be started before the notary's expiration date to ensure an uninterrupted authority.

When can I renew my Georgia notary commission?

You can renew your Georgia notary commission within 30 days before your commission expiration date.

How much does it cost to become a Georgia Notary?

To become an Georgia notary you must pay a notary public a notarization fee to have Section 3 B on the notary application completed. The County Clerk of Superior Court will also require you pay a $37.00-$42.00 fee (prices vary from county to county) to take the oath of office (Section 6 of application) and have your Georgia Notary Certificate of Appointment of Notary Public issued to you. After becoming a Georgia Notary Public you must purchase a Georgia notary stamp or notary embosser (prices vary on items you select). Please visit http://www.notarypublicstamps.com/notary-stamps/georgia/ for notary stamps and supplies options.

How long does it take to become a Georgia Notary Public?

The time it takes to become a Georgia notary varies from applicant to applicant. To be issued your Georgia Notary Certificate of Appointment of Notary Public you'll have to start an online notary application, have Section 3 and 4 of the notary application completed, take the application to your County Superior Court Clerk's Office, and pay the Clerk $37.00-$42.00 fee to take the oath of office.

How long is a Georgia notary commission for?

A Georgia notary term is for 4 years. To verify when your term begins and ends you'll have to take a look at the effective and expiration dates of Georgia Notary Certificate of Appointment of Notary Public that is issued to by the County Clerk of Superior Court. To continue performing notarial acts as a Georgia notary after your current expiration date you'll have to renew your commission before your notary term expires. Please click here to renew your commission.

Do I need a Georgia notary bond?

The Georgia Superior Court Clerk's Cooperative Authority doesn't require you to purchase a notary bond.

Do I need to purchase a Georgia notary errors and omissions (E&O) policy?

The Georgia notary errors and omissions (E&O) insurance policy is optional but highly recommended. It will cover any unintentional errors or omissions made by the notary. It is very affordable and covers you even if a claim is invalid. We offer E&O policies at http://www.notarypublicstamps.com/notary-bond-insurance/georgia/.

Do I need to purchase a Georgia notary stamp, what notary supplies do I need when I become a Georgia notary?

When becoming an Georgia notary, in order to perform notarial acts in the State of Georgia, you need by minimum an Georgia notary stamp or an embossing seal. A notary record book sometimes called a journal is recommended by the County Clerk of Superior Court but not required. A Georgia notary stamp or seal must meet at the minimum the following requirements:
1. Needs to be a rubber inking stamp or an embossing seal that makes a raised impression
2. Include the notary's name as it appears on their Georgia Notary Certificate of Appointment of Notary Public
3. Include the words "Notary Public"
4. Include the word "Georgia" or "GA"
5. Include the name of the county the notary is commissioned in

Please note a complete notarial act should include a notary's signature, notary seal, date of notarization, and the notary's commission expiration date.

How to order Georgia notary stamp and record book?

Please go to http://www.notarypublicstamps.com/notary-stamps/georgia/ to order your Georgia notary supplies. All of our notary stamps and notary supplies come with a life-time replacement guarantee, are made in-house, and are shipped in one business day.

Do I need send you my Georgia notary commission certificate?

Please fax or email us your Georgia Notary Certificate of Appointment of Notary Public so we can prepare your notary supplies .

How can I train to become a Georgia notary?

The Georgia Superior Court Clerk's Cooperative Authority website has a free web-based training course at http://training.gsccca.org/LMS/login.asp. You may also purchase a Georgia Notary Law Handbook from our website at http://www.notarypublicstamps.com/notary-seals/georgia/.

Click here to learn more about how to become a Georgia notary.
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