Tennessee Notary

The Tennessee Notary duties and requirements are very well defined by statute. There are many restrictions as well. Links to the Secretary of State site and handbook are provided below.


The qualifications for election as a notary are:

* Be at least 18 years old;

* Be a resident or maintain a principal place of business in the county to be elected;

* Never have been removed from office as a notary for official misconduct;

* Never have a commission revoked or suspended; and

* Never have been found by a court to have engaged in the unauthorized practice of law.

If you meet these basic qualifications, then you must:

# Take an Oath;

# File a $10,000.00 bond;

# Pay a $12.00 fee ($7.00 for county clerk and $5.00 to the Secretary of State);

# Be elected by the legislative body of the county of residence (you are an elected official).


You are disqualified for election as a notary if any of these apply to you:

1. Convicted of giving a bribe, larceny or any other offense declared infamous (ie, you could loose your citizenship)by law;

2. If you have an unpaid judgment for money received by the notary in an official capacity and is due to the US Treasury, Tennessee Treasury or Tennessee County Treasury. ( read this to mean if you owe income taxes on monies earned as a notary.)

3. In default to the Treasury at any time of election;

4. A soldier, seaman, marine or airman in the regular army, navy or air force of the United States; or

5. Member of Congress or person holding any office of profit or trust under any foreign power, other state or United States.


A journal is required for the Tennessee Notary. The information to be kept in the journal is:

1. The date of the acknowledgment, affidavit or other transaction;

2. The name of the person whose signature is being notarized;

3. To whom the instrument is being executed;

4. A description, including the date, of the instrument;

5. Whether the person whose signature was notarized was a personal acquaintance or what proof was shown prior to notarizing the signature (see definition of “satisfactory evidence,” discussed later); and

6. What fee, if any, was received.


The term of election for the Tennessee Notary is 4 years.

Renewals are for a period of 4 years, provided you continue to meet the requirements and cannot be disqualified at the time of renewal.

Tennessee Notary Fees

The Tennessee Notary can charge the following fees:

Effective October 1, 2014, Tennessee Notaries may charge "Reasonable Fees" for their services.

(Thanks to Yukita for making us aware of the change!)

New Fee Statute is here

The Tennessee Notary handbook is here.

The Tenn Secretary of State site is here.

To return to Mobile Notary page, click here.