How to Become a Notary Public in Tennessee


There are no education or exam requirements to become a Notary Public in Tennessee.


You do, however, have to meet the eligibility requirements, file an application, pay the necessary fees and meet all other requirements set by the Tennessee Department of State.

Once you have been appointed by the State, you are considered to be a public servant and are required to carry out your obligations.


Here's what you need to know to become a notary public in Tennessee:

1) Requirements in Tennessee

2) Duties of a Notary Public

3) Notary Public Classes and Schools in Tennessee


How to Become a Notary Public in Tennessee


1) Requirements in Tennessee

To be eligible for a notary public appointment, you must:

  1. Satisfy the minimum requirements set by the Texas Department of State:
  1. Complete and file an application for election as a notary. Currently, there is an application fee of $12
  2. Purchase a $10,000 surety bond
  3. Take an oath before the county clerk or a deputy county clerk to support the constitutions of the State of Tennessee and the United States, and that the notary will, without favor or partiality, honestly, faithfully and diligently discharge the duties of notary public.
  4. Purchase a required well-bound record book - To record all official acts performed as a notary public in Tennessee including:

    a) The date of the acknowledgment, affidavit or other transaction

    b) The name of the person whose signature is being notarized

    c) To whom the instrument is being executed

    d) A description, including the date, of the instrument

    e) Whether the person whose signature was notarized was a personal acquaintance or what proof was shown prior to notarizing the signature

    f) What fee, if any, was received.

  1. Purchase an official seal which is prescribed and designed by the secretary of state. The seal must be a circular seal with the notary's name (as it appears on the commission) printed at the top, the county of election printed at the bottom, and the words "State of Tennessee Notary Public" or "Tennessee Notary Public" printed in the center. The seal must be a rubber or other type stamp but not an impression seal, and the stamp must be imprinted in some color, not black or yellow, that is clearly legible and appears black when copied on a non-color copier.

The term of office of a Notary Public in Texas is 4 years.

An appointed notary public can provide services throughout the state.


2) Duties of Notary Publics

A notary public's main job is to administer oaths and to witness the signing of important documents.

Documents are notarized to deter fraud and to ensure that they are properly executed.

Requiring a third party impartial witness helps to screen out impostors and to make sure the signers are entering into the agreements knowingly and willingly.


The list of duties include:


A notary cannot provide the service when he/she is a part of the transaction or will financially benefit from the transaction.



3) Notary Public Classes in Tennessee

Since there is no education requirement, you won't have to take any classes to become a notary in Tennessee.

But if this is a new career for you, there are notary online and home study courses you could take.

Below are some of the schools that offer these notary public courses:

American Association of Notaries

P.O. Box 630601

Houston, TX 77263

(800) 721-2663


American Society of Notaries

P.O. Box 5707

Tallahassee, FL 32314-5707

(800) 522-3392


National Notary Association
9350 De Soto Ave.
Chatsworth, CA 91313-2402
Phone: 1-800-876-6827



















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