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What is a Notary?
A Notary is a position created by state law allowing individuals, as state public officials, to:
What are the duties/ responsibilities of a Notary?
A Notary has the power to administer oaths and take depositions, affidavits, and acknowledgments. A Notary’s powers and duties can be exercised in all counties in the State of Tennessee.
How do I renew a Notary Commission?
The renewal process for a notary is the same process as obtaining your original commission.
Am I required to keep records of my notarizations?
Tennessee law does not specify that you must keep record of notarizations. However, that can be inferred from the statutory provision which allows a notary to charge a fee of one dollar ($1.00) for recording in a well-bound book each of the notary's attestations, protestations, and other instruments.
How do I handle a complaint about the conduct of a Notary?
"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.
How long does a Notary Commission last?
A Notary’s term of office is four years. The four-year term begins on the date that the notary commission is issued by the Governor. It is a Class C misdemeanor for a Notary to act in an official capacity after the expiration of their notary commission.
Can I notarize my spouse's signature?
In 2010, the Attorney General's office gave its opinion on Notarization of Spouse's Signature.
Is a Notary a state or county official?
Notaries are state officials. View Attorney General opinion on Whether notaries public are state or county officials.