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STUDY MATERIALS FOR THE CERTIFICATION EXAM ARE LINKED BELOW under "LIBRARY OF HELPFUL INFORMATION"
The GA Judicial Council of Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts has scheduled the 2019 quarterly exams for February 25th, May 29th, August 7th, and October 30th. Please go to our Exam Registration tab for more details.
Counties that accept application for annual/permanent ORDER OF APPOINTMENT: (This is NOT on the exam, but is crucial to getting your business started!)
Chatham, Cobb, Clayton, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas (not State), Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett (not Superior), Hall, Henry (not Magistrate), Paulding (not State) - most other county courts require per case appointment for all process servers, even certified. It is important to note here, though, authority to serve comes from the court the case is filed in, NOT the county the service address is in. Many Georgia courts that do not advertise annual appointments to private process servers WILL entertain an application for one if you call the Superior Court clerk and ask for an appointment.
The result is that the statute OCGA 9-11-4.1 stands as it naturally reads. Sheriffs do NOT have to approve your Form 4 Notice authorizing you to serve process in civil cases filed in the courts in the county they represent. This is a separate decision from acknowledging your application for state-wide certification showing that you have met those qualifications. You will still need a single Sheriff's review and approval of your complete application to be CERTIFIED! Sheriffs WILL approve complete applications, so don't be discouraged by the drama, nor confused by the convoluted procedures. Call me and ask if you have questions about it.
Certification does help separate the professionals from the un-trained in the process service industry! Most courts that offer permanent or annual orders of appointment will require proof of the education or full certification on their applications.