In Georgia, the Clerk of Superior Court in their county of residence commissions notaries public for a four-year term. Georgia also allows residents of neighboring states to apply to become notaries public.


Apply Online

https://www.gsccca.org/notary-and-apostilles


Fee

The fee for a new notary appointment or for reappointment is $51.00 in Chatham County.


Jurisdiction

Georgia notaries public may perform notarial acts anywhere within the State of Georgia.

Qualifications to become a notary in Georgia:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be a citizen of the United States or a legal resident of the United States.
  • Be a legal resident of the county in which he or she applies (or, if a non-Georgia resident, you must reside in a state bordering Georgia and carry on a business or profession in Georgia or be regularly employed in the Georgia county of application).
  • Have, and provide at the time of application, the applicant's operat ing telephone number.
  • Be able to read and write English.


Notary Training

Effective January 1, 2022, Chatham County County requires all new applicants and renewals to successfully complete the notary training course at https://elearn.gsccca.org/home/index.php. Renewals will have 60 days to comply with course completion requirement.


New Applicants

Overview:

  • Complete a notary application complete notary training course, obtain certificate, and bring it to the Clerk of Superior Court in your county of residence. (Note the neighboring state resident provision above.)
  • Pay the application fee and take the oath of office.
  • The clerk's office issues a notary certificate of appointment.
  • Purchase a notary seal (metal emboss type or rubber ink stamp) from an office supply store or from a notary trade association.


Renewing Notaries Public

A renewing notary is def ined as someone who holds an active notary commission in the county of application.

Overview:

  • Complete a notary application, complete notary training course, and bring it to the Clerk of Superior Court in your county of residence. (Note the neighboring-state resident provision above.) Some counties allow notaries to renew by mail. Contact your Clerk of Superior Court's office for specific details.
  • Pay the application fee and take the oath of office.
  • The clerk's office issues a notary certif icate of appointment.
  • Purchase a notary seal of office (metal emboss type or rubber ink stamp) from an office supply store or from a notary trade association. Note: You may use your existing notary seal/stamp if the information on the seal matches exactly the information on the new commission.