Georgia: Notary Powers & Duties

Powers and Duties Generally

Notaries Public have authority anywhere within the State of Georgia to:

1. Witness or attest signature or execution of deeds and other written instruments;

2. Take acknowledgments;

3. Administer oaths and affirmations in all matters incidental to their duties as commercial officers and all other oaths and affirmations which are not by law required to be administered by a particular officer;

4. Witness affidavits upon oath or affirmation;

5. Take verifications upon oath or affirmation;

6. Make certified copies, provided that the document presented for copying is an original document and is neither a public record nor a publicly recorded document, certified copies of which are available from an official source other than a notary; and provided that the document was photocopied under supervision of the notary; and

7. Perform such other acts as notaries are authorized to perform by the laws of the State of Georgia.

A "notarial act" means any act that a notary is authorized 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.

"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.

"Notarial certificate" means the notary's documentation of a notarial act.

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