Clerk Offers Free Notary Training For Residents PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 March 2018 14:09
If you are interested in becoming a notary in Chattooga County, Clerk Kim Windle James is offering a free training classes on March 22.
James is working with Georgia's Superior Court Clerk's Cooperative Authority (GSCCCA) to bring the education training to Chattooga County. She will host two training sessions. The first starts at 10 a.m. and lasts 90 minutes. The second class is 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
"These 90-minute classes are for veteran notaries, new notaries or anyone considering becoming a notary public," James said.
Classes will be held at the annex courtroom (building behind the jail). 
James said to call or drop by her office if you are interested in taking the class. Her phone number is 706-857-0706.
"It is important to remember that a notary public should perform their duties to the utmost extent of the law. Failure to do so could result in costly lawsuits and penalties. We look forward to seeing you there," she said.
There are about 380 people commissioned as notaries in Chattooga County, according to the authority.
But sometimes residents have trouble finding one. Occasionally people will ask on Facebook where they can get something notarized. Most places and people do not advertise that they offer that service and it is not every day that someone needs a document notarized.
The sheriff's office offers that service for free during normal business hours. Workers at the magistrate's office will also notarize documents but remind people to bring ID.
"A notary is just a testament that the signature matches the ID," an official said.
Both Trion and Summerville City Halls offer the notary service free during business hours.
Many people are directed to the clerk of court's office to notarize a document. But since the clerk's office files official documents, including ones that are notarized, Clerk James wants to avoid any conflict of interest.
Her office normally does not notarize if it is filed in her office, James previously said.
Besides government offices, notaries can be found at banks, attorney offices, car dealerships and at The Summerville News.
Becoming a notary isn't difficult. The qualifications include:
* 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 operating telephone number.
* Be able to read and write English.
Applications are available online and residents must file them with the clerk's office. There is a $37 fee.
The notary training is free and open to the public.

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