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Notary Public

Georgia Notaries Public: 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. The Clerk of Superior Court is located on the first floor, east wing of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

Georgia Notaries Public
P.O. Box 880
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046
Phone: 770-822-8100

Powers & Duties

  • Notary Public have authority within any county in the State of Georgia to:
    • Witness or attest signature or execution of deeds and other written instruments.
    • Take acknowledgments
    • 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.
    • Witness affidavits upon oath or affirmation.
    • Take verifications upon oath or affirmation.
    • 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 further that the document was photocopied under supervision of the notary.
    • Perform such other acts as notaries are authorized to perform by the laws of the State of Georgia.
  • Definitions:
    • A "notarial act" means any act that a notary is authorized to perform and includes, attestations, the taking of an acknowledgement, the administration of an oath or affirmation, the taking of a verification upon oath or affirmation, and certification of a copy.
    • "Attesting" and "Attestation" 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 acknowledgement, 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.

 

Instructions for New Application

Any individual desiring to be a Notary Public shall submit application to the Clerk of Superior Court of the county in which the individual resides or, when applying under the provisions of Code Section 45-17-7, to the Clerk of Superior Court of the county in which the individual works or has a business. The applicant shall sign and swear or affirm as to the truthfulness of the application.

  • All applications must be completed on the Clerks' Authority web site at http://www.gsccca.org/Projects/npapp.asp.
  • You must appear in person to the Clerk of Superior Court office located on the 1st floor, east wing of Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center between Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm.
  • The fee is $42.00 payable to Clerk of Superior Court, Gwinnett County
  • Verification of residence is required
    • A valid Georgia driver's license;
    • A valid United States passport;
    • A valid voter identification card; or
    • Such other valid identification by a local or state government of by the United States government.
  • The applicant must provide a home address on all applications as their official contact address. Business addresses or P. O. Boxes are not acceptable.

 

Instructions for Renewal Applications

Renewal Applications are valid only for those holding a current unexpired appointment from Gwinnett County.

  • Application must be completed on the Clerks' Authority web site at http://www.gsccca.org/Projects/npapp.asp
  • You must appear in person to the Clerk of Superior Court office located on the 1st floor, east wing of Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center between Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm.
  • The fee is $42.00 payable to Clerk of Superior Court, Gwinnett County
  • Verification of residence is required
    • A valid Georgia driver's license;
    • A valid United States passport;
    • A valid voter identification card; or
    • Such other valid identification by a local or state government of by the United States government.

 

Change of Name or Residence

Every notary shall notify this office, in writing, with a copy to the Georgia Clerk's Cooperative Authority of any change in the notary's address or name. The notice shall contain both the old and new address or name and must be received by this office within 30 days of the change. In the event of a name change the new signature of the notary must be included.

A notary with a new name may begin to officially sign the new name when the notice has been received by this office; a confirmation of the name change has been received from this office and a new seal bearing the new name has been obtained.

Mail Name or Residence changes to:

Clerk of Gwinnett Superior Court
Notary Division
P.O. Box 880
Lawrenceville, GA. 30046

Georgia Superior Court Clerk's Cooperative Authority
Notary Division
1875 Century Boulevard, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA. 30345
Phone: 404-327-9058

 

Seal of Office & Notarial Certificates

Each notary must provide a seal of office for the authentication of notarial acts. Gwinnett notary's such seal shall have the notary's name and the words "Notary Public Gwinnett County Georgia". Embossment of notarial certificate by the such seal is authorized but not necessary, and the use of a rubber or other type stamp shall be sufficient for imprinting the notary's seal.

 

Notice of loss or theft of seal

Within ten days of the loss or theft of an official seal the notary shall send a written notice of such loss or theft. Send Loss or Theft notices to:

Clerk of Gwinnett Superior Court
Notary Division
P.O. Box 880
Lawrenceville, GA. 30046

Georgia Superior Court Clerk's Cooperative Authority
Notary Division
1875 Century Boulevard, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA. 30345
Phone: 404-327-9058

 

Resignation

Within ten days of the loss or theft of an official seal the notary shall send a written notice of such loss or theft. A person wishing to resign the notary commission shall send a letter of resignation to:

Clerk of Gwinnett Superior Court
Notary Division
P.O. Box 880
Lawrenceville, GA. 30046

Georgia Superior Court Clerk's Cooperative Authority
Notary Division
1875 Century Boulevard, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA. 30345
Phone: 404-327-9058

 

Fee

The filing fee for Notary is $42.00 and can be paid by cash, check or money order.

 

Notary Forms

Contact Information

Clerk of Gwinnett Superior Court
Notary Division
P.O. Box 880
Lawrenceville, GA. 30046

Georgia Superior Court Clerk's Cooperative Authority
Notary Division
1875 Century Boulevard, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA. 30345
Phone: 404-327-9058