How to Become a Tennessee Notary

Here is a step-by-step guide to become a notary in Tennessee. Notaries.com handles all of these requirements through our easy application, so rest-assured you have everything you need to become a notary!

Please note: The process of becoming a notary varies county by county. You can find more information by contacting the County Clerk's office of the county where you reside or maintain your principal place of business.

1) Meet State of Tennessee Requirements to be a Notary Public

In order to become a Notary in Tennessee, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident
  • Reside in Tennessee or maintain a principal place of business in the state
  • Be able to read and write in English

2) Purchase Your Notary Bond and Stamp from Notaries.com

When you purchase the Tennessee Notary package from Notaries.com, you'll receive your state-required notary bond and a custom notary stamp in your choice of three colors. We'll also provide clear instructions to walk you through the next steps of becoming a commissioned notary.

3) Fill Out the State Application

You must fill out the Tennessee Notary Application, which you can download from your local County Clerk's website. Simply visit the website and select your county. Keep in mind that the application process is simpler if you purchase a bond before submitting your application. You will be asked specific questions about your bond on the application. If you purchase a bond after you have started your application, the process becomes significantly more complicated.

4) Submit Your Application

Submit your completed application to the local County Clerk's website and pay the application fee of $12 ($7 for the County Clerk and $5 for the Secretary of State). You may also submit your completed application by mail or in person.

5) Get Approved and Elected by the County Commission

Once your application is approved, you'll be elected by the legislative body of the county in which you reside or maintain your principal place of business.

6) Submit Proof of Your Notary Bond

Notaries.com provides your state-required $10,000 bond as part of the Tennessee Notary package. Simply print a copy of your notary bond and follow our detailed instructions on how to correctly submit proof of your bond to the County Clerk. The County Clerk will then forward your application and documents to the Secretary of State's office.

7) Visit the County Clerk to Get Your Notary Commission

The Secretary of State will issue your notary commission and deliver it to your local County Clerk. Once your commission is ready, you can collect it from your County Clerk's office. You will also need to take your oath of office.

8) Get Your Notary Seal and Journal

Notaries in Tennessee are required to have a state-approved notary seal and a journal to document all notarizations. A customized notary seal is included with the Tennessee Notary package. You will use your notary seal to stamp every document you notarize.

After you receive your notary commission certificate, you must email a copy of it to info@notaries.com so we can create your custom notary seal. Finally, we'll manufacture your seal according to state requirements and promptly ship it to you.

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