Here is the Application and list of things to attach:
Take your completed application package to the county Sheriff Office Headquarters of your choice. NOTE that they are NOT prepared to ANSWER QUESTIONS about the certification process. Precinct departments will only have to refer you to their headquarters office, so save yourself the trip and time. They would help if they could!
***It is critical here to recognize that you do NOT submit this application for Certification to the Sheriff of every county you want to serve in...........because Certification does NOT give you authority to serve papers. You are only going to ONE SHERIFF to get Certified, and then that ID Card and Certification number will be a criteria that you will have to submit with your applications for APPOINTMENT by Judges in the courts (not Counties) that you want to serve process for. Remember, when you are appointed into a case or court, you are authorized to serve those papers to ANY location in Georgia.
Call the Sheriff office first where you are going to apply for Certification and ask if they have a preferred source for your fingerprint backgound check. Most will want a COGENT report from the GA Bureau of Investigation, which is easily obtainable from specific UPS Store locations. Others will have you go to their county jail to have their own officers fingerprint you, eg. Fulton County.
Email your facial-only photograph to Bill Hallsworth of the Georgia Sheriff Association at BHallsworth@georgiasheriffs.org and let him know you are submitting your application to which Sheriff. He will then have it ready for production of your identification card when the Sheriff has approved your application package.
When your application is approved, the Sheriff will contact you to come in to take your oath and receive your identification card.
Renewing your Certification? SAME STEPS AS ABOVE, except you submit the Renewal form instead of the two-page initial application. The forms are linked above.
LATITUDE LEARNING (you must be registered first! See instructions on the appropriate class tab.)
Certification course and continuing education accredited by Georgia JC/AOC
To register for the next exam:
(must have course Certificate of Completion to be eligible)
The Sheriffs keep the list of Certified Process Servers