Georgia Notary Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a new notary public? This is a list of our most frequently asked questions about becoming a notary
and what supplies you will need in the state of Georgia.

 

Georgia Notary Public: a person authorized to perform certain legal formalities, especially to draw up or certify contracts, deeds and other documents for use in other jurisdictions. A notary can also be referred to as a signing agent.

Where can I register?

New notaries can begin the registry process here at The Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority.

Why become a notary?

  • Make additional income
  • Increase your skill-set and add to your resume
  • If working individually, you can make your own schedule
  • Easy and effective way to help your community

Who can become a notary in Georgia? What do I need to do?

  • Anyone 18 or older
  • Legal resident of Georgia (Permanent resident alien allowed) Can also be working/employed in Georgia to apply.
  • Must apply in the county of residence or employment
  • You must have no previous commission or professional license revocation, suspension or restriction in any state
  • No commission of any prohibited act listed in OCGA
  • No unauthorized practice of law Must be able to read and write in English

Where can I practice my notary services?

Anywhere in the state of Georgia.

Who can I notarize for?

As a notary/signing agent, you can notarize for any member of the public who makes a sensible request and meets all the requirements for notarization. It is recommended, as a guiding principle, to avoid notarizing any documents for family members. You cannot notarize anything that has your name or signature on it, nor can you notarize anything that you would benefit from. For Example: Must have proof of identity and be physically present.

What kind of training do I need?

The state of Georgia does not require training of any type, but the state does offer training and education though the Georgia Notary Handbook.

Do I need a bond or insurance?

Georgia does not require any type of bond or insurance. Errors and Omissions insurance (E&O) is NOT required, but it is recommended.

What are the upfront costs?

  • Although costs for new notaries will vary, the Georgia application fee is $37 to $42 depending on the county
  • Prices of clerical filing fees may apply in certain counties at varying prices
  • Prices of Notary Supplies may vary (Notary seal embossers and stamps)

What type of equipment will I need?

  • Notary Seal Stamp or Embosser

Stamp must have ink that does not bleed during or after use because documents can be rejected due to smudging. If using an embosser, you must use seal impression inker to make it visible for photocopy and faxing. Your notary seal will contain the following: Name, Notary Public, County and State of Georgia. Although optional, it is highly recommended to include the expiration date of your commission

  • Notary Records Journal

Journal is not required, but is suggested as the best way to keep notarization secure in chronological order

Should I get business cards or marketing materials?

Although not a requirement, if you believe it is helpful for your business to have these, then it is a good idea. If you work for a company as a notary singing agent, then discuss with them if this would be necessary.

Is there legal risk?

Yes, since being a notary grants you certain permissions and responsibilities, there is also the need for insurance which was noted earlier.

How much legal risk will I face?

Risk should be assessed on a case by case basis, but being a notary signing agent comes with the responsibility of fully understanding the risks involved. Having E&O Insurance can potentially reduce your exposure to risk.

How long does my commission last?

Your Georgia notary commission will last for four years. It is recommended that you apply to renew your commission before the four years is completed.