Qualifications: All All notaries must be 18 years of age. United States citizenship is not a requirement for a person to hold the office of a notary public. Notaries are elected by the county legislative body in the county in which they reside or have their principal place of business and are commissioned by the governor. A person with a principal place of business in a Tennessee county may be elected a notary in that county even though that person’s residence is in another state. The same basic disqualifications exist for notaries as for other county offices. A notary may be removed from office just as any other county official. The notary’s term is 4 years, beginning on the date of issuance of the commission by the governor. Renewal is by the same method as the original procedure.  The fee to apply to become a notary is $14.00. 

Notary Public Application