WHAT IS A NOTARY PUBLIC? 

A notary public is a person of proven integrity appointed by a Clerk of Superior Court to serve the public as an impartial witness in taking acknowledgments, administering oaths, and affirmations, and other acts authorized by law. Notaries are required to follow simple instructions and exercise good judgment and discretion when executing their office.

 

Notarization does not insure the statements contained in the document are true or accurate. The notary has no obligation to verify a document’s content or to indicate he/she has knowledge of the contents of the document or of the copy certified. Notarization does not legalize or validate a document. A document with errors prior to notarization will contain the same errors afterwards.

Questions

Can I Renew After Expiration?


Once your commission has expired, you will need to apply as if it were your first time. Please refer to the section entitled, “HOW DO I APPLY?”




How Can I Renew?


Complete an on-line application at: Notary Online Application Present the Notary Public Commission application in person to the Cherokee County Superior Court’s office along with verification of your Cherokee County residency (i.e., valid driver’s license with current Cherokee County address of State of Georgia ID card with Cherokee County address). Renewal applications may be submitted thirty (30) days prior to your expiration date, but must be received before your commission expires. Renewal applications are valid only for those holding a current unexpired appointment from Cherokee County. The fee for renewal is $51.00. Applicants who apply in person may pay by personal check, business check, money order, credit card or debit card. RENEWAL BY MAIL If you prefer to mail in your renewal application, please follow the instructions below. Renewal applications may be submitted thirty (30) days prior to your expiration date, but must be received before your commission expires. Renewal applications are valid only for those holding a current unexpired appointment from Cherokee County. Please print or type the information (except signatures) on the Renewal Application (Click on link.) One (1) copy is required. Applicant shall complete the application and sign before a Notary Public. Notary Public will then sign and affix their seal. Print three (3) copies of the Certificate of Appointment. Only sign on the line entitled, “Notary’s signature”. The Clerk’s office will complete the top section of the form. Return three (3) original copies of the signed Certificate of Appointment with your application. Enclose your check or money order in the sum of $51.00 payable to the Clerk of Cherokee Superior Court. Mail one (1) completed Renewal Application, three (3) signed Certificates of Appointment, and $51.00 fee to: Clerk, Cherokee Superior Court Attn: Notary Division 90 North Street Suite G170 Canton, GA 30114 If you have questions regarding this process, please call the notary division at 678.493.6523




How Do I Apply?


1. You must complete an on-line application for Notary Public Commission. To complete a copy of the application for Notary Public, click here: Online application 2. Fill out the form completely, including any criminal convictions (with the exception of driving offenses) you have had. Your signature on the application must be notarized. If you do not know a notary that can assist you, wait and sign when you arrive at the Clerk’s office. One of the employees will gladly notarize your signature. 3. Have two other residents of Cherokee County who are not related to you and 18 years or older, fill out the endorsement sections of the application attesting to your good character. 4. Present the notary public commission application in person within fourteen (14) days of application to the Cherokee County Clerk of Superior Court’s office along with verification of your Cherokee County residency (i.e. Georgia driver’s license with Cherokee County address and State of Georgia ID card with Cherokee County address.) 5. The fee is $51.00. Forms of payment accepted: cash, check or money order payable to Clerk of Superior Court or you may pay with your credit or debit card.




How Long Is My Notary Commission?


A notary commission in the State of Georgia is valid for four (4) years.




Who Can Become A Notary Public?


In order to be appointed as a Notary Public in Cherokee County you must: 1. Be a United States citizen or be a legal resident of the United States 2. Be a resident of Cherokee County, Georgia 3. Be at least 18 years of age 4. Be able to read and write the English language 5. Have, and provide at the time of the application, the applicants operating phone number




When Can I Apply?


The Cherokee County Clerk of Superior Court’s office is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. (excluding county-recognized holidays), Appointments are not necessary.




What Happens Next?


You will receive a two (2) Certificates of Appointment. One of the certificates is for your records. The other may be taken to any office supply to obtain your notary seal and/or stamp.




What If I Move During My Commission?


Whether you move to another county or stay within Cherokee County, your commission will be registered through Cherokee County for the entire four years. You must notify the Clerk’s office in writing and send a copy to the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Authority, 1875 Century Blvd, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30345.You may complete the form on the Clerk's Authority website Information Change Form




Still Have Questions


Georgia Notary Handbooks are available at the office of the Cherokee County Clerk of Superior Court, you may also purchase them by visiting the Clerk's Authority website Notary Handbook. The cost of a handbook is $8.00. The handbook contains information on guidelines, Notarial fees, recordkeeping, notarial acts, responsibilities of a notary, and a reference guide.