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About Notary Commissions

The Department of State issues and maintains records relating to notary commissions.

How to Become a Notary

  • Obtain and complete an application from your County Clerk's office.
  • Submit the completed application to your County Clerk with the application fee of $12 ($7 for the County Clerk and $5 for the Secretary of State).
  • Be elected by the county legislative body (county commission) in the county in which the applicant resides or maintains his/her principal place of business at the time of his/her election.
  • Secure a surety bond.  Bonds are available through Tennessee insurance companies/agencies that sell surety bond coverage.
  • Provide proof of the bond to the County Clerk.  Your documents will be submitted to the state.  The Secretary of State’s office will issue the Notary Commission and return it to the County Clerk’s office for you to pick up.    
  • Obtain your Notary seal.  Your County Clerk may be able to assist you.

Complaints About the Conduct of a Notary

  • Attorney General Opinion No. 07-157 states:

    "Pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. § 8-7-103, the District Attorney General has the duty of prosecuting all violations of state criminal statutes which occur in his or her district. This duty includes prosecutions of criminal acts committed by notaries. A citizen who wishes to file a criminal complaint against a notary public may do so by contacting the District Attorney General of the judicial district in which the alleged criminal conduct occurred and proceeding through the complaint process."

  • A directory of District Attorneys can be found at Tennessee District Attorneys General Directory.

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