Your One-Stop Shop to Become a Notary in Tennessee

The American Association of Notaries offers a simple step-by-step guide to become a notary in Tennessee. With our help, becoming a Tennessee notary is easy and hassle-free.

To become a notary in Tennessee, you must:

  • 1- Be 18 years of age or older.

  • 2- Be a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident.

  • 3- Be a resident of the county or have your principal place of business located in the county in which you are applying. 

  • 4- Never have been removed from the office of notary public for official misconduct.

  • 5- Never have had a notary commission revoked or suspended by Tennessee or any other state.

  • 6- Never have been found by a court of Tennessee, or of any other state, to have engaged in the unauthorized practice of law.

  • 7- Never have been convicted of offering or giving a bribe or of larceny or any other offense declared infamous by law, unless restored to citizenship in the mode pointed out by law.

  • 8- Not be a member of the military, Congress, or a person holding any office of profit or trust under any foreign power, other state of the union, or under the United States (TCA 8-18-101).

Steps to Become a Notary in Tennessee

Step 1- Complete a Tennessee notary application

Tennessee notaries are appointed by the county legislative body (county commission) in the county in which they reside. Each county has its own notary application form and  filing requirements. Click here to find the contact information of your county clerk's office to request a notary application.

Step 2- Purchase a four-year, $10,000 Tennessee notary bond

Tennessee notary law requires all notary applicants to provide proof of a four-year, $10,000 notary bond in order to qualify for a Tennessee notary commission. The notary bond is intended to protect the public from notary errors and omissions.  Click here to order the Tennessee notary bond.

Step 3- Order Tennessee notary Supplies

At a minimiun, a Tennessee notary is required to have a notary stamp to authenticate all notarial acts he or she performs, and a notary record book to record notarial acts.  Click here to order a Tennessee notary stamp and a notary record book.

Step 4- Receive your notary supplies

Fax or email us a copy of your Tennessee notary commission certificate so we can prepare and ship your notary stamp, notary record book, and any additional notary supplies that you have ordered.

Everything You Need to Become a Notary in Tennessee

Only $89.95*
Includes a One-year Membership to AAN

Limited time offer - save up to 40% on notary supplies

This Tennessee notary package includes:
Four-year, $10,000 Tennessee notary bond**
Four-year, $10,000 Tennessee notary errors & omissions insurance policy (included at no additional cost to you)
Trodat round notary self-inking notary stamp (item # TN219)**
Tennessee notary record book (item # TN702)**
One-year membership to AAN (a $19 value included with your notary supplies order at no additional cost to you)
Four years of expert support (includes help with notary procedures, name/address updates, and more)
Your Cost: Only $89.95*

*The Tennessee Notary Value Package I may be purchased separately at the same net savings without the state mandatory four-year, $10,000 notary bond for $39.95 plus $7.95 for shipping. Enter item # P101 on the order form. The Tennessee Notary Value Package II may be purchased separately at the same net savings without the state mandatory four-year, $10,000 notary bond for $39.95 plus $7.95 for shipping. Enter item # P102 on the order form. The Tennessee four-year, $10,000 notary bond may also be purchased for $50.00. Discounts/savings apply only to notary supplies.

**Required by Tennessee notary law.

How to Become a Notary in Tennessee

  1. Complete a notary application

    There are ninety-five counties in Tennessee, and each county has its own application form, requirements, and application fee. Some counties offer a downloadable notary application on their website that can be printed, completed, and mailed to the county clerk's office. Others require you to personally visit their office to apply for a notary commission. The easiest way is to call or visit the county clerk's website for information on how to apply for a Tennessee notary commission.

  2. Order a four-year, $10,000 Tennessee notary bond

    Upon notification by the county clerk’s office that you have been approved as a Tennessee notary, you must obtain a $10,000 notary bond. We are including a $10,000 notary errors and omissions insurance policy for your protection at no additional cost to you. The notary bond ensures that if you fail to properly perform your duties as a Tennessee notary, the bonding company will pay for damages to the injured party up to the policy limit. Save time! No need to wait for days to receive your Tennessee notary bond. You can now download the notary bond online in minutes 24/7 upon checkout.

  3. Provide proof of the notary bond to the county clerk's office

    Visit the county clerk's office or deputy clerk to provide proof of the notary bond. The county clerk will administer the oath of office and file your notary application with the Tennessee Secretary of State. The Secretary of State will return your notary commission certificate to the county clerk's office for you to pick up. You are not officially recognized as a Tennessee notary public until this step is completed.

  4. Order your Tennessee notary supplies

    Save up to 40% on the same Tennessee notary supplies that you may find somewhere else plus receive a free one-year membership in the American Association of Notaries at no additional cost (a $19 value). We offer only the highest-quality products, which comply with all Tennessee legal requirements for notaries. All our Tennessee notary stamps are manufactured in-house, and we stand behind them 100%. All our notary supplies come with a LIFETIME REPLACEMENT GUARANTEE – No questions asked! You can order your notary supplies on our website at the same time you order the notary bond. 

  5. Receive your notary supplies

    Fax or email a copy of your Tennessee notary commission certificate to 1-713-649-0011 or so we can prepare and ship the Tennessee notary supplies that you ordered.

Tennessee notary bonds and errors and omissions insurance policies provided by this insurance agency, the American Association of Notaries, Inc., are underwritten by Western Surety Company (established 1900). Kal Tabbara is a licensed insurance agent in Tennessee.