Tennessee Notary Bond

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What is a Tennessee notary bond?

A notary bond is required as part of the licensing process for individuals who wish to become a notary public in Tennessee. The bond serves as a financial guarantee that the notary will fulfill their duties under the law and won’t engage in any fraudulent or illegal activities. It protects the public from monetary losses if their notary makes a mistake or violates the surety contract.

By purchasing a notary bond, you and your surety company guarantee the Tennessee Secretary of State that you’ll pay any losses incurred by the public. If you break the law, you could face claims of up to $10,000 during your commission term.

Get Your Notary Bond in Tennessee:

Quick Takeaways

  • A notary bond is required as part of the licensing process for individuals who wish to become a notary public in Tennessee. 
  • If you break the law, you could face claims of up to $10,000 during your commission term.
  • ZipBonds can issue these bonds instantly for just $100.

Who needs a notary bond in Tennessee?

In Tennessee, individuals who wish to become a notary must obtain a $10,000 notary bond. This bond is necessary to protect the public from errors or misconduct during notarization. The bond provides a financial safeguard if a notary public is found to violate the law. Notaries must maintain the surety bond during their 4-year commission term.

How much does a Tennessee notary bond cost?

The cost of a Tennessee notary bond can vary depending on several factors, including the applicant’s credit history and the surety company issuing the bond. 

ZipBonds can issue these bonds instantly for just $100. Apply online or by phone with us to get bonded in minutes!

How do I file my surety bond for notary in Tennessee?

To obtain a Tennessee notary bond, applicants must find a reputable surety company authorized to issue bonds in the state (like ZipBonds). The applicant must provide personal information, including their name and address and information about their notary public commission. Once approved, the surety provider will issue the bond. Once you secure your bond, you must provide proof to the County Clerk (see instructions below).

How do I become a notary public in Tennessee?

Follow these steps to become a notary public:

  • Meet eligibility requirements. You must be at least 18, a resident of Tennessee, a citizen or legal permanent U.S. resident, able to read and write English, and not convicted of various offenses.
  • Complete an application from the County Clerk’s office (see locations).
  • Submit your application with a $12 fee.
  • Obtain a $10,000 surety bond. Then, provide proof of your bond to the County Clerk. You’ll also need to take your oath of office.
  • Pick up your notary commission certificate at the County Clerk’s office.
  • Get your notary seal and journal.

Want to learn how to become an online notary in TN? Read the guide!

Frequently Asked Questions

A claim may be filed on a Tennessee notary bond if the notary public violates the law by engaging in fraudulent activities or failing to notarize a document properly. The bond provides financial protection to those harmed by the notary’s actions.

You must renew your bond when you renew your notary commission. To renew your commission, you’ll follow the same process as when you obtained your original commission.

If you’re buying your bond from Zip, we’ll send a reminder when the expiration date is approaching – which will coincide with your commission term. That way, you’ll have plenty of time to renew your bond.

How to Get Your Notary Bond in Tennessee

ZipBonds offers the fastest and most secure option for getting the surety bonds you need. Our all-digital platform is intuitive and straightforward. Apply online or call us at (888) 435-4191 to get bonded in a flash!


About ZipBonds.com

Founders Ryan Swalve and Zach Mefferd formed the vision for ZipBonds.com when they realized how overly complicated it was to help clients place surety. The frustration of being unable to incorporate the technology they’d used in other insurance-focused projects left them thinking “there has to be a better way.”

Fast forward a couple of years, and that better way is the impetus of everything we do at ZipBonds. We constantly look for innovative ways to improve the bonding process for our clients and agents. Our team comprises individuals who understand all angles of surety – for companies, agencies, and individuals. Incorporating everyone’s point of view to improve the process while simultaneously integrating cutting-edge technology is what sets our business apart.