Privacy Policy

Online Transactions

The security of your personal information is very important to us. In an effort to protect your personal information, we use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology with 128 bit encryption. If your browser supports SSL (most current browsers do), it will automatically encrypt the information you provide to us on the secure pages on our site, before sending it over the Internet.

The Georgia Secretary of State has also obtained a digital certificate from Verisign, Inc., a leading provider of Internet trust services.

When visiting a page on our site that includes any of your personal information, you will see on the bottom of your browser window an icon of a closed lock or an unbroken key (depending upon your browser), this indicates that you have successfully connected with our secure server.

To authenticate the security of your connection before submitting any of your personal information, you can double click on the icon to display our digital certificate.

Some browser versions and some firewalls do not permit communication through secure servers. In that case, we suggest that you renew via mail or contact us by phone.

If you decide to renew your professional license online, you will be required to enter certain personal information in order to create an account and transmit your renewal fee to us. We do not share this information with any party.

Corporations annual renewals and other online transactions are processed by the Georgia Technology Authority. For further information, please refer to their privacy statement.


When visiting some sections of our site where databases can be searched or browsed, we may request your browser to place a cookie (a very small text file) on your computer. If you have your browser configured to accept cookies, it will accept the cookie and place it on your computer’s hard drive. This is used to identify the set of results you are searching so that you can browse it one page at a time. This cookie does not give us any personal identifiable information about you, like your name, address or e-mail address.

You can visit our site without cookies if you choose to do so, but you will have limited functionality when performing database searches. To visit our site without cookies, you can configure your browser to reject all cookies or to notify you when a cookie is set. Check the help menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.

Externally Linked Sites

The Office of Secretary of State is not responsible for the content of externally linked sites. It is the sole responsibility of the user to adhere to the privacy policy of externally linked sites. External links are provided as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by the Office of Secretary of State.

Authorized Use of the State Seal of Georgia

Use and display of the Seal of the State of Georgia is restricted by law, and may be used only with the express written permission from the State of Georgia as authorized by the Governor.