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A notary commission in the State of Georgia is four (4) years.
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A notary public is a person of demonstrated integrity appointed by a Clerk of Superior Court to serve the public as an impartial witness in taking acknowledgments, administering oaths and affirmations, and performing other acts authorized by law. Notaries are required to follow specific guidelines and exercise common sense judgement and discretion when executing their office.
In order to be appointed as a Notary Public in Fulton County, one must: •Be a resident of Georgia •Be a resident of Fulton County •Be at least 18 years of age •Be capable of reading and writing the English language
You must first complete an online application for Notary Public Commission. The application is located online at www.gsccca.org. All applications must be completed electronically. There are no paper applications. Fill out the form completely- including any criminal convictions (with the exception of minor traffic offenses) you have had. All notary applicants (new and renewal) must submit a Sheriff’s office issued criminal background check with their application.
*Exemption for attorneys only - Must present a current Georgia Bar card.
In addition, all new notary applicants must complete the online notary training and complete the online exam available at https://elearn.gsccca.org. There is a $10 fee associated with completion of the class and final exam. Applicants must achieve a score of 90% or higher. This certificate shall be presented with your completed application. *Exemption for attorneys only - Must present a current Georgia Bar card.
Do Not sign application. Application must be signed in front of clerk’s office employee. Have two other residents of Fulton County who are not related to you, have known you for at least one month and are at least 18 years of age to fill out the endorsement sections of the applications attesting to your good moral character. Present the notary public commission application in person at any Fulton County Clerk of Superior Court’s office along with verification of your Fulton County residency such as a driver’s license or a valid Fulton County voter registration card. The fee is $51.00. Forms of payment accepted: cash, check, money order or debit or credit card.
You can renew your notary commission a minimum of 30 days before your commission expiration date by logging on to the GSCCA website at www.gsccca.org and completing the online renewal application. You may then present your application along with your notary training certificate of completion and a certified background check (issued by an area law enforcement office -no more than 30 days old) in person at any Fulton County Clerk of Superior and Magistrate Court’s Office or mail it to 136 Pryor St. SW Atlanta, GA 30303 ATTN: Notary Division. The cost to apply in person is $51.00. Renewals by mail are $56.00. NOTE: It is imperative to renew your commission prior to your expiration date. Once your commission has expired, you will need to apply as a new applicant and all new applications require in person submissions.
For more information on being a Notary Public and the specific rules and regulations governing your commission you can visit the Georgia Superior Court Clerks Cooperative Authority website at www.gsccca.org. Here you can view the basic notarial guidelines, purchase an official Georgia Notary Handbook ($10.00) and even take an online course to keep your knowledge and skills sharp during your commission.