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State Information for Tennessee

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Tennessee Notary Public Requirements

Tennessee Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be a resident of the state of Tennessee or have regular employment within the state; and
• be a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident alien.

How to Apply to Become a Tennessee Notary
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the Tennessee Department of State: http://sos.tn.gov/products/business-services/how-become-notary

Term of Office
4 year term

Appointing Officer
Governor - appoints notaries.
Secretary of State - performs ministerial functions including issuing and maintaining notary records.

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Not Required

Notary Bond Requirement
$10,000 Notary Bond Required

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Recordbook (for paper notarial acts) required IF the notary OR the notary’s employer demands and receives fees for notarial services. All notarial acts must be recorded. The notary’s records may be maintained in a well-bound book or in an “appropriate” electronic form. Electronic recordbook (journal) required, electronic notarial acts performed by an online notary. One or more such electronic journals may be used by the online notary. Electronic journal record must contain a recording of any video and audio conference that is the basis for identifying the principal in a remote online notarization.

Notary Seal Requirement
Round Ink Stamp Required*
*Ink stamp imprint must be any color other than black or yellow and should appear as black when photocopied.

Authorized Duties
• take acknowledgments;
• administer oaths and affirmations;
• take affidavits; and
• take depositions.
Tennessee online notary public may perform these notarial acts as an online notarization.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Tennessee Department of State: http://sos.tn.gov/products/business-services/notary-faqs

Contact Information for the State of Tennessee

State Notary Website

State of Tennessee Online Notary Search

Phone Number
(615) 741-3699

Mailing Address
Tennessee Department of State
Notary Commissions
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave
Snodgrass Tower, 3rd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(615) 741-0536

Further Information

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