Georgia: Notary Laws

General Georgia Notary Laws

It is always a great idea to be up to date with the laws and rules governing any documentation, legal or medical process you may need to work with now or later. Here we will provide some basic information and links for your education and information.

Georgia Notary Law is located in Title 45 Article 17 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.). Access the online version of the O.C.G.A. through the Georgia General Assembly website located at http://www.legis.ga.gov/.

The Office of the Clerk of Superior Court approves and issues commissions of notary public. Each commission is for a term of four years and may be renewed prior to the expiration of the notary's term of office.

Individuals desiring to become a notary should submit an application to the Clerk of Superior Court in their county of residence. (Georgia has a neighboring state resident exception. See Notary Public Frequently Asked Questions.) Click HERE for the Georgia Notary Public Application Form for New Appointments or Reappointment. By law (§45-17-2), all information contained in the application is open to public inspection. If you have questions concerning appointments or renewals, please contact your county's Clerk of Superior Court (click HERE for county contact information) or the GSCCCA Notary Division for assistance.

It is unlawful for any person to hold himself or herself out as a notary or exercise the powers of a notary without an effective notary commission. A notary shall not make claims to have or imply he or she has powers, qualifications, rights or privileges that a notary does not possess by law.

It is a good idea to know these topics, even if you're not a notary. Sometimes clients get frustrated because a document is rejected for notarization, or there is a law restricting their legal process.