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Executive Order

GA Executive Order (2020)

Notary Law Update: GA Executive Order (2020)

State: Georgia

Summary:

Georgia Governor Kemp extends all valid driver's licenses and identification cards set to expire between March 25, 2020, through June 30, 2020, by 120 days.

Signed:  March 25, 2020

Effective:  March 25, 2020

Chapter: N/A

Affects:

The validity of driver's licenses and identification cards presented to a Notary.

Changes:
  1. Extends the expiration dates of all valid Georgia driver's licenses and identification cards, for citizens and non-citizens alike, that are due to expire between March 25 through June 30, 2020, by 120 days.
Analysis:

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing governors of states take action to extend driver's licenses and other IDs. Georgia Governor Kemp just issued an executive order related to Georgia driver's licenses and state identification cards. For Georgia Notaries, in particular, this executive order is important. OCGA 45-17-8(e) states, "In performing a notarial act, a notary public shall confirm the identity of the document signer, oath taker, or affirmant based on personal knowledge or satisfactory evidence." While "satisfactory evidence" is not specified or defined in Georgia statute, the standard of professional practice for Notaries operating under a law like this would be to accept a valid, unexpired credential issued by a government office or agency with at least a photograph and signature. Since the validity of the ID is very important, an act such as the Governor's in this Executive Order directly affects any Georgia driver's license or identification card presented to a Notary.

Read the executive order.

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