What is a Notary Public for the state of Tennessee?
Are there any restrictions on becoming a Notary?
How does a person become a Notary?
What if a Notary moves from the county of election?
What is the term of a Notary?
What are the requirements for an official seal?
Pursuant to Rule 1360-7-2-.01(2), a Notary commissioned prior to July 1, 2004, must use either the seal design described above, or, until the expiration of his/her current term of office, may continue to use a seal that substantially conforms to the following design: a circular seal with the Notary's name (as it appears on the commission) printed at the top, the county and state printed at the bottom, and "Notary Public at Large" printed in the center. A sample seal format appears below:
A Notary must purchase an official seal at his/her own expense. The seal should be a rubber or other type stamp (not an embossed/impression seal) and must be imprinted in "...any color other than black or yellow, provided the color used to imprint the seal shall be clearly legible and appear as black when photocopied on a non-color copier." However, these requirements do not apply to Notaries commissioned prior to July 1, 2004, until the expiration of their current terms of office. In addition, the failure to imprint the seal with a proper color does not invalidate the notarization and does not subject the Notary to any civil or criminal liability. Furthermore, the use of an embossed/impression seal after May 12, 2003, does not render an acknowledgment defective. The seal must be surrendered to the county legislative body upon expiration of the Notary's term of office or resignation, and the personal representative must surrender the seal in the event of the Notary's death.
How are complaints against a Notary handled?
How can the name of a Notary as commissioned be changed?
Are there any Notary advertising restrictions?
Where can I obtain Notary information?
The telephone number for the Division's Notary Commissions Unit is:
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