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Renew Your Registration Here

 2013 Registration Renewal Season

Information and Instructions
 
It is time to renew your neutral registration. The 2013 registration renewal season will begin November 1, with an on-time renewal deadline of December 31, 2013. Any renewal applications submitted after midnight, EST, December 31, 2013, will be considered late, and late fees will apply. The late renewal deadline is April 30, 2014. Neutrals who do not renew by that date will be considered inactive. All registered neutrals must renew, except those with a registration expiration date of 1/1/2015.
 
Just as last year, only online renewals will be accepted in order to streamline the renewal process. Online renewals should take most neutrals 5-10 minutes to complete.
 

Renewal Applications
 
Online renewal access will be available through your personal online accounts on November 1, 2013.  The online renewal application is already populated with your personal information, so most of you will need only to enter your continuing education information before proceeding to payment.  Find login instructions here.
 

Renewal Fees
 
The basic renewal fee is $125; it is $150 for those registered in domestic relations mediation. Note: if you submit your application online after midnight, EST, December 31, 2013, it will be considered late, and your renewal fee will double to $250 or $300.  We don't want you to have to pay the late fee, so please submit your online application before December 31, 2013.

You will have a choice of paying your renewal fee with a credit card through PayPal or by submitting a check.  You do not need to have or create a PayPal account to use the PayPal function.

Note:  If you are a volunteer neutral – that is, you receive no compensation, no matter how small, providing ADR services within or outside a court program – you and your court-connection program director can submit a sworn affidavit with your renewal application to have your fee waived this renewal season.  To be considered a volunteer, you must have provided ADR services to a Georgia court program in the past year.  2013 volunteer affidavits are available under “Forms and Applications.”
 

Continuing Education Requirements
 
All renewing neutrals must submit 3 hours of continuing education that they have taken in 2013.  You cannot carry over CE hours from previous years or toward future years.  CLE and CJE qualify as neutral CE as long as they were earned and not carried over.  See the “Help! I Need CE!” link for information on all the ways you can earn CE credit.
 
Online Renewal Instructions
 
Renewing online is fast and easy because most of your personal information is already filled in online.  All registered neutrals have an online neutral account created automatically for them.  If you have never logged in to your online account, you must activate your account before using it the first time. Please see how to activate your existing neutral account by going to "Neutral Account Login Help" link.  Then proceed as directed below.
 
To renew online, click on “Login To Your Neutral Account” at the top of the web page. The login page will appear in a new browser window.  Enter your login ID and password.  Your login ID is the first four letters of your last name and the last four digits of your SSN (i.e. smit1234).  If your old password does not seem to work, try “password” (without quotation marks).  If you have forgotten your personalized password, choose the “Forgot Password” function on the main login screen. After you are logged in, select “Renew Registration” in the menu. Follow the prompts and instructions carefully. Once you fill out and submit your online renewal form: 
  1. A summary of your online renewal form will be created in your browser.  Please print a copy for your records;
  2. If you paid through PayPal, please print a receipt of your PayPal renewal fee payment for your records.

Background Check Authorization

If you've already submitted your "permanent" authorization form, you don't have to send it to us again.  If you haven't submitted your permanent authorization, please download, sign and send us the form, under "Forms and Applications."  Scan and e-mail, fax or mail us the signed form.  Your renewal application cannot be processed without authorization to complete the background check.
 

Lawful Presence Affidavit and ID

U.S. Citizens: Registered neutrals who are U.S. citizens and who provided the office an affidavit of lawful presence in the U.S. and a copy of a valid, secure, and verifiable ID during the 2012 renewal season or when they registered in 2012, will NOT have to provide those documents again during 2013 renewal season.
 
Non-U.S. citizens (legal permanent residents and aliens): Registered neutrals who are not U.S. citizens must still submit a lawful presence affidavit and a copy of a secure and verifiable document to renew.  However, the revised immigration law limited the use of foreign passports as of July 1, 2013, and changed what can be accepted as a secure and verifiable document from non-U.S. citizens. Foreign passports can now only be accepted if accompanied by certain documents from the Department of Homeland Security or the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.  Foreign citizens not physically present in the U.S. are not directly required to show they are lawfully present in the U.S., but because foreign passports can now only be accepted as secure and verifiable with certain documents that show lawful presence, foreign citizens are now indirectly required to show lawful presence in the U.S. if submitting a foreign passport as a secure and verifiable document.
 
Therefore, non-U.S. citizens must:
 
1.    Execute a signed and sworn affidavit verifying your lawful presence in the United States. The affidavit to use for this purpose can be found at the GODR website under “Forms and Applications” or directly at this link:
 

2.     Include with the affidavit a copy of a secure and verifiable document issued to you by a state or federal jurisdiction or recognized by the United States government and that is verifiable by federal or state law enforcement, intelligence, or homeland security agencies. A complete listing of acceptable secure and verifiable documents, as determined by the Office of the Attorney General, Georgia, can be found at the Attorney General’s website under “Key Issues,” then “Immigration Reports,” or directly at this link:

 

Registration Benefits
 
In addition to a professional credential issued by the Georgia Supreme Court, your registration as a neutral entitles you to several other exclusive benefits that can save you money, time and aggravation. These include group-rate professional liability insurance for neutralsgroup and individual health, vision, and dental insurance, retirement products, and more. You will also continue to receive our new monthly e-newsletter, which is designed to enhance your knowledge and practice as a neutral. We are working to create more value-added programs for neutrals, courts and trainers.
 

Some Tips

If you are mailing us important information, first make copies and file them, then send the material via a service that provides tracking and delivery confirmation.  If you are faxing us important information, keep the fax transmittal confirmation.  If you are e-mailing us important information, request a return receipt when your message is delivered or read (many e-mail programs allow this) and save it.  Or save our responses to your e-mails.


For More Information
 
 

Key dates

Application Submitted November 1-December 31, 2013: On-time renewal, fees $125 (non-domestic), $150 (domestic), 3 CE hours required.

Application Submitted January 1-April 30, 2014: Late renewal application required, fees double to $250 (non-domestic), $300 (domestic), neutral in “lapsed” status until renewed, can still handle court-connected cases through April 30, 2014.
 
Application Received/Post-Marked May 1, 2014, and later: Reinstatement application required, fees double to $250 (non-domestic), $300 (domestic), 8 hours of CE required, neutral in “inactive” status until reinstated, cannot handle court-connected cases starting May 1, 2014.

 

 

 

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