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October 30th is the final Certification exam for 2019! 

The GA Judicial Council of Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts has scheduled the 2020 quarterly exams for February 28th, June 5th, August 7th, and September 11th, and November 6th. Please go to our Exam Registration tab for more details.cre


Coninuing Education 5-hour Credit classes are available all year at your convenience. 

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, Clayton, Cobb, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas (not State), Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett (not Superior), Hall, Henry (not Magistrate), Paulding (not State) - most other county courts require appointment per case 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 find out how to file an application or motion for appointment. 

Library of Helpful Information

STUDY GUIDE of statutes for the Pre-Certification STATE EXAM
List of OCGA statutes referenced in the Pre-Certification Exam administered by the GA JC/AOC
***Just GOOGLE the statutes by their locations, eg. OCGA 9-11-4.1, and read the statutes verbatim...because the exam will have verbiage from the laws. Please email contact@academygpps.com if you have any questions.
Statutes for Rules Regulations.PDF
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Questions formatted like the state exam, and references to the statutes that contain the answers.
Please email contact@academygpps.com if you have any questions. This exam is also included in the online course, with the answers graded as you go.
Practice Exam-AcademyGPPS.pdf
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JC/AOC Rules and Regulations - Georgia - Process Servers
STUDY THIS FOR THE PRE-CERTIFICATION EXAM!!! This is the booklet you need to have quick mental reference to while serving process in Georgia.
Process Server Handbook 2019.pdf
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OCGA 9-11-4 - Process Serving in GA
The statute that governs service of process in GA. VERY IMPORTANT TO STUDY FOR THE CERTIFICATION EXAM!
HINT: This is how to properly serve process in Georgia.
UCGA 9.11.4.pdf
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OCGA 9-11-4.1 - Process Servers
The statute that governs certification of process servers in Georgia. Obviously, this is important to STUDY FOR THE EXAM!!!
HINT: This is how to become and stay certified...
§ 9-11-4.1.pdf
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GA Certified Process Server APPLICATION
These are the OFFICIAL APPLICATION FORMS for presenting to a Sheriff after you have passed the state exam. The RENEWAL form is also a part of this package, but is obviously not necessary for initial applicants. The Bond form may also be replaced by a valid proof of insurance coverage. ****DO NOT SUBMIT THE FORM 4 Notification with your initial application for Certification to the Sheriff. GA Sheriffs are not currently approving Notifications. Process Servers must obtain appointment to serve from the courts directly. Most courts are requiring certification of the process server to grant annual Orders.
GA Process Server Certification Applicat[...]
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Yergey Insurance
Call Mike Yergey at Yergey Insurance 800-683-1226 info@yergeyins.com for a better option.
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No Sunday Service list
Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia - These states statutorily do not allow service of process in their cases on Sundays.
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Clayton County Magistrate Court Memorandum regarding Process Servers
Clayton County Magistrate Court will allow private process servers who are on the current Clayton County Superior Court Order to serve in their cases without additional motion by the Plaintiff, IF THE SHERIFF DEPUTY has made at least two attempts in the case.
clayton county mag memo.pdf
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Georgia county Organs
Legal newspapers for legal notices and service by publication.
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Affidavit of Service - generic template for Georgia Certified Process Server
Here is an example of an Affidavit of Service in blank.
Affidavit of Service - template.pdf
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Federal case Summons and Proof of Service - blank
You may make copies of this Proof of Service for use in any FEDERAL court case.
Federal Summons and Service Return in a [...]
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Motion to Appoint, Affidavit of Process Server, and proposed Order of Appointment
Here are examples of the documents you or your client would file into the case to have you appointed as the process server for the one specific case.
Appointment Docs.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.5 MB]
GAPPS v Sheriffs - Initial Filing
This is where the struggle started...
Initial filing of GAPPS v Sheriffs.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.7 MB]
and after it ended with a judgment favoring the Sheriffs, the struggle continued...
Adobe Acrobat document [2.3 MB]
Answer to Appeal
Back and forth...
Adobe Acrobat document [2.1 MB]
Final Judgment
Then the circle is finally closed...for now!
Adobe Acrobat document [183.2 KB]

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.

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