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A Notary Public is usually appointed by an office within the state government where they reside and a public servant who acts as a witness to the signing of important documents. These are the guidelines on how to start your notary career, please remember that each state has specific requirements that you will need to follow. Your first step should be to visit your Secretary of State website where you will find all the requirements for your state.

You will have to meet all your state-specific eligibilities before applying to be a notary public. Here I have listed the general requirements that you will need to meet before submitting your application:

  • Must 18 years or older
  • Must be a citizen or legal resident in the U.S
  • Must be a legal resident of the State or county in which you are applying
  • Must be able to read and write English
  • Be able to pass a criminal background check
  • Take notary class and pass notary exam (state specific)
  • Purchase a bond (state specific)
  • Complete the application and pay the filing fee

While you are waiting on your commission from your state this would be a good time to start learning about your state notarial laws. Each state has a specific handbook with all their notarial laws that you should study and know because you may need to refer to these laws when performing your notarial duties.

Some of the things that will disqualify a person from being a notary in the State of Georgia is assault, arson, auto theft, burglary, possession or sale of illegal drugs, embezzlement, forgery, fraud, failure to pay child support, or failure to comply with a court order.

To get the Georgia Notary Public application form for new appointments or reappointment please visit the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority.