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Become a Tennessee Notary Public

The office responsible for issuing and maintaining notary commissions is the Tennessee Secretary of State. To help you understand the duties and responsibilities as a notary public, you are recommended to read the Tennessee Notary Public Handbook.

Requirements to become a notary public in Tennessee:

  1. At least 18 years of age
  2. A resident or employee in the State of Tennessee
  3. Able to speak, read, and write the English language
  4. No major convictions

Steps to become a Tennessee Notary Public:

1. Go to your County Clerk's office and request a Notary Application Form.

2. Complete the application form. Read and follow the instructions carefully.

3. Prepare a $12 application fee.

4. Submit the completed application and fee to the County Clerk.

5. Once you are elected by your county's legislative body, obtain a surety bond in the amount of $10,000 from an insurance or surety company.

6. Wait for your commission certificate to be delivered by the County Clerk.

Term of Office

The term for a notary public in Tennessee is four (4) years, which starts on the date of issuance of the notary commission.

Tennessee Notary Fees

As a notary public in Tennessee, these are your fees for notarial services and other notarial acts:



Jurats (Taking Affidavits)


Oaths & Affirmations





$1.50 + $1.00 for recording it

Recording Attestations, Protestations, or other Instrument

$1.00 per recording

Acknowledgments of notes for advances on tobacco


Find a Notary in Tennessee

A notary internet database has been provided by the Secretary of State for those who are searching for a notary in Tennessee. FindNotary also provides the largest directory for notary public, mobile notaries, and notary services for Tennessee and the entire United States.


  1. Tennessee Notary Public Services
  2. Tennessee Notary Public Bond
  3. Tennessee Notary Classes, Training, and Handbooks
  4. Tennessee Notary Seals and Supplies

For more information on how to become a Tennessee Notary, visit the Tennessee Notary Public website at You can also contact them at (615) 741-2650, or visit their office at 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 6th Floor, Snodgrass Tower, Nashville, Tennessee 37243.

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