How to purchase a notary bond in Tennessee
The Tennessee Secretary of State requires notary publics to post a surety bond to be eligible to operate in the state. The bonds protect the public from any financial losses resulting from the notary’s negligence or misconduct. They are issued for four-year terms and remain in effect unless canceled by the surety company.
You can apply online for the bond directly through a surety company or agency. After your application is approved, you will receive a surety bond quote with the bond premium. If you accept the quote, you pay the premium and the surety company issues you the bond.
Unlike other types of surety bonds, Tennessee notary bonds do not require a credit check as part of the underwriting process. As a result, the bonds are often issued instantly upon completing the application.
How much is a notary bond in Tennessee?
All Tennessee notary publics must post a $10,000 surety bond. The surety company issuing the bond determines the percentage of the total bond amount you need to pay as a premium. Premiums for Tennessee notary public bonds generally cost $40.
How to become a notary in Tennessee?
To be appointed as a notary public in the State of Tennessee you must meet the following requirements set forth by the Tennessee Secretary of State.
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Must reside or work in the county of the appointment
- Must never have had a notary commission revoked
If you meet these requirements, you can receive your notary commission by completing the following steps:
- Complete the notary application and submit it to the County Clerk’s office
- Post the $10,000 surety bond
- Take your oath of office
- Purchase notary supplies
- Obtain errors and omissions insurance (optional)
There is a $7 filing fee for applications. After you are approved, the Secretary of State’s office will return the Notary Commission to the County Clerk’s office. For more details on becoming a notary public in Tennessee, you can visit the Tennessee Secretary of State website.