How to Become a Tennessee Notary

How to Become a Notary Public in Tennessee

  1. Complete the Online Tennessee Notary Training Course (not required)
  2. Fill out application completely This application must be signed under oath in the presence of a notary public and submitted to the County Clerk at least 30 days prior to the meeting of the county legislative body at which it is to be considered. Once elected, you must then be commissioned by the Governor. If elected, you will be required to post a bond in the amount of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000). The bond must be filed in the office of the County Clerk, who will accept the required fees and administer the oath of office. You are not authorized to act as a notary public until you have received your commission from the Governor, filed your bond, and taken the oath of office. If you move your residence or your principal place of business out of this county, you are required by law to notify the secretary of state.
You will have to answer the following questions Yes or No
  • Have you ever been convicted of offering or giving a bribe, larceny, or any other offense declared infamous by law?
  • If the answer to question 1 was YES, has your citizenship been restored?
  • Is there an unpaid judgment against you for money received in an official capacity and due to the United States, to Tennessee or any Tennessee county, or are you a defaulter to the treasury?
  • Are you a soldier, seaman, marine, or airman in the regular Army, Navy, or Air Force of the United States, a member of the United States Congress, or a person holding any office of profit or trust under any foreign power, other state or the United States?


Tennessee Notary Supplies

Tennessee Notary Requirements

Commission Term: 4 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Resident or Employee
Stamp/Seal: Inked Stamp
Journal: Required
Bond: $10,000
Application Fee: $12-$17 depending on county
Eligibility: No major convictions (must swear to a list of questions on application)
Other: Be able to read and write English

Division of Publications
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, Snodgrass Tower, 8th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

Phone: (615) 741-3699

Important Tennessee Notary Links

Tennessee State Website
Tennessee Notary Database

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