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December 7, 2012

Georgia Notary Information

Georgia notaries are appointed and regulated no longer by the Secretary of State but by the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority. This organization’s website offers excellent PDF forms such as a Georgia acknowledgment or a jurat, and also a Georgia notary online application.

Originally $15, the fee to become a Georgia notary, as of 2012, is now $37. The fee for a renewal of the Georgia notary’s commission was set at $162 in 2011, but, after an outcry, was reduced to $37 effective July 1, 2011 as the result of the enactment of HB 41. Your Georgia notary’s commission is good for four years. You may be appointed only in the county in which you reside.

As of 2012, to become a Georgia notary, you must be 18 years of age, read and speak English, take a notary education course and pass an exam, reside in the county of Georgia in which you are a notary, and be endorsed by two county residents who are not your relatives. To obtain a Georgia notary’s commission, you must have aseal that contains your name, the title Notary Public, the word Georgia, and the name of the county. A surety bond and record book are not required but recommended; in addition, errors and omissions insurance for $25,000 maycost you $90 or so in Georgia, but it is an excellent investment.

Becoming a Georgia notary means you will be able to charge $2 per notarial act such as a Georgia acknowledgment, and an additional $2 “for attendance to make proof as a notary public and certifying the same,” which means that you may provide a certificate from the Superior Court regarding the fact that the Georgia notary’s commission is in effect. Georgia notaries have also been known to work free of charge in certain circumstances, and are not required to take a fee.

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