As used in this article, the term:
(1) "Attesting" and "attestation" are synonymous and mean the notarial act of witnessing or attesting a signature or execution of a deed or other written instrument, where such notarial act does not involve the taking of an acknowledgment, the administering of an oath or affirmation, the taking of a verification, or the certification of a copy.
(2) "Notarial act" means any act that a notary public is authorized by law to perform and includes, without limitation, attestation, the taking of an acknowledgment, the administration of an oath or affirmation, the taking of a verification upon an oath or affirmation, and the certification of a copy.
(3) "Notarial certificate" means the notary's documentation of a notarial act. Code 1981, § 45-17-1, enacted by Ga. L. 1986, p. 1446, § 1; Ga. L. 1990, p. 8, § 45.