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State Information for Tennessee

Tennessee Notary Public Commission Requirements and Information

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

Notary Commission Qualifications
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
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

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Not Required

Notary Bond Requirement
$10,000 Notary Bond Required

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Not Required*
*Notaries are required to keep records of all notarial acts if the notary OR the notary’s employer demands and receives fees for services. Recordbook may be maintained in a well-bound book or in an “appropriate” electronic form. If no notary fees are demanded by the notary or his/her employer, then records are not required to be kept.

Notary Seal Requirement
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 and proofs;
• administer oaths and affirmations;
• take affidavits; and
• take depositions.

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
http://sos.tn.gov/notary-commissions

State of Tennessee Online Notary Search
http://share.tn.gov/sos/bus_svc/NotarySearch.htm?

Phone Number
(615) 741-3699

Mailing Address
Tennessee Department of State
Notary Commissions
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave
Snodgrass Tower, 8th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243


Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(615) 741-0536

Further Information
http://sos.tn.gov/business-services/apostilles

This information was complied by the American Society of Notaries • Copyright 2016
Last Updated AUGUST 2016

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