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New immigration law affects Ga. real estate agents

Policy requires ID, affidavit for renewing license applicants

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POSTED: December 25, 2011 12:00 p.m.

Licensed real estate agents, appraisers and brokers applying to renew their Georgia licenses after Jan. 1 must comply with new rules established by Georgia’s Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011, according to the Georgia Real Estate Commission.
According to a GREC press release, applicants for renewed licenses must provide a “secure and verifiable document” for identification purposes, and a “signed and sworn affidavit” verifying the applicant’s lawful presence in the United States.
“It is a bit of a short notice, but it’s the notice we got from the state,” Wanda J. Sorrells, investigations area supervisor for GREC, said referring to the Dec. 15 press release from the GREC. “There are about 18 different documents that can be submitted as proof the applicant is in this country legally.”
Some of the most common documents accepted as proof include a driver’s license, U.S. passport or U.S. military identification card, she said. Sorrells could not explain why a birth certificate is not listed as valid proof.
Read more in the Dec. 24 edition of the News.



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