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Here, you can learn how to become a notary, how to renew your notary commission, and where to find educational opportunities for notaries public.

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Notary Education
Become a Notary in Georgia
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Begin Notary Public 101

In most states, becoming a notary public involves meeting a number of requirements. Generally, you must be 18 years of age, not have a serious criminal history, and successfully complete an application process. In some states, the notary application process will require notary education (ranging from a simple online course to a notary class and competency exam) and a background check, as well as the purchase of a surety bond. A more thorough explanation for your state is described below.

Become a Georgia Notary Public with Notary Rotary, Inc.

Requirements:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age
  2. Be a citizen of the United States or a legal resident of the United States
  3. Be a legal resident of the county in which he or she applies (or, if a non-Georgia resident, you must reside in a state bordering Georgia and carry on a business or profession in Georgia or be regularly employed in the Georgia county of application).
  4. Have, and provide at the time of application, an operating telephone number
  5. Be able to read and write English

Although applicants are not required to do so, and your commission is not dependent upon it, it is strongly recommended that they take advantage of a free web-based training course that explains Georgia notary law and presents basic notary procedures. For more information, visit the Georgia Superior Court Clerk's Cooperative Authority web site.

Commissions:

  • In Georgia, notaries public are commissioned for a four-year term by the Clerk of Superior Court in their county of residence.
  • Georgia residents may only apply in their county of residence.
  • Georgia also allows residents of neighboring states to apply to become notaries public. 
  • These out-of-state residents must own a business in Georgia or be regularly employed in Georgia and must apply with the Clerk of Superior Court in the county where they own a business or are employed.

Jurisdiction:

  • Georgia notaries public may perform notarial acts anywhere within the State of Georgia.

New Applicants

Step 1:  Complete a notary application and bring it to the Clerk of Superior Court in your county of residence.

See neighboring state provisions in the requirements, above.

Step 2: Pay the $37 application fee and take the oath of office.  

Step 3: Receive your notary certificate of appointment from the clerk's office.

Step 4: Purchase a Georgia notary seal of office (either an embosser or stamp) from the online Notary Rotary store.

Step 5: Fax or email a copy of your commission to Notary Rotary's toll-free fax number: 877-349-6590 or email to: support@notaryrotary.com.

If you prefer to mail a copy of your commission, send it to:

Notary Rotary

500 New York Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50313

Note: your stamp or seal will not be produced until Notary Rotary receives a copy of your certificate of appointment.


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