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Everything You Need to Note About Remote Notary Services in Georgia

Everything You Need to Note About Remote Notary Services in Georgia

On Thursday, April 9, 2020, Governor Kemp issued an Executive Order temporarily allowing for remote notarization and attestation. Typically, notaries are required to witness signatures in person and notarize documents at the time of signing. With the shelter-in-place order, however, live notarization should be avoided. In recognition of this reality, the Governor has now allowed for remote notarization. Here is how you can ensure your documents are notarized correctly and lawfully:

  1. The notary must use real-time audio-video communication technology.
  2. The notary must be a licensed attorney OR working under the supervision of an attorney.
  3. The signer must present valid identification.
  4. The notary must be physically present in Georgia.
  5. The signer must transmit a copy of the signed document on the same day it was executed.

On April 13, 2020, Johnson Kraeuter performed its first remote notary service using Zoom audio-video communication technology. The experience was great, according to our assistant. In her words, “Just did my first virtual notary and it went soooo well! Super easy and convenient. I always love the opportunity to see client's faces since I'm so familiar with their names.”

At this time, remote notary services are available only for existing clients, and we are happy to be able to meet their needs during this time of crisis.