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How to Become a Notary Public in Tennessee
Step by Step Instructions

How to Become a Notary Public in Tennessee

Source: sos.tn.gov

See also: Tennessee Notary Public Handbook.

  1. Complete the Online Tennessee Notary Training Course (optional, but highly recommended). This course will teach you how to notarize certain documents, and everything else you need to know to become a notary. 
  2. Complete an application obtained from your county clerk's office.
  3. Submit the application to the county clerk with the $12 application fee.
  4. Be elected by the county legislative body in the county in which you reside and/or have your principal place of business. The county clerk will then certify your election, and forward it to the Secretary of State.
  5. The Tennessee Secretary of State will then process and sign your commission. The Governor of Tennessee will sign your commission. The Secretary of State then sends the commission back to the county clerk, who will record it and notify you saying your commission was received. 
  6. Before exercising your notary duties, you must obtain a $10,000 Tennessee notary bond (available on Notary.net for $30). This bond is conditioned on the faithful performance of the duties of a notary public.
  7. Go to your county clerk to take your oath and file your bond. The county clerk may charge a $2 filing fee.
  8. The Secretary of State will then issue your notary commission and send it to the county clerk. 
  9. Go to the county clerk and pick up your notary commission.
  10. Purchase your Tennessee notary stamp and journal.

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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

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

Phone: (615) 741-3699