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Offices

Murfreesboro
319 N Maple St.
Suite 121
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Phone: (615) 898-7800
Fax: (615) 898-7830

Smyrna
205 I St.
Smyrna, TN 37167
Phone: (615) 459-9692
Fax: (615) 355-4118

New Location:
Eagleville

Eagleville City Hall
108 S. Main St
Eagleville, TN 37060
(615) 274-2922


Hours of Operation

Murfreesboro/Smyrna
8:00-4:00 Monday-Thursday
8:00-5:00 Friday

Eagleville
Open the first working
day of each week,
(one day per week)
8am-4pm
Office building closing one hour for lunch 12pm-1pm


We accept:
Cash
Checks*


*No out of state checks

 

Notary Public

A notary public is a public official whose powers and duties are defined by statute. It is a relatively simple matter to become a notary but the office has important responsibilities, limitations and liability potential that should be fully realized. This website is intended as a general guide and is especially designed to assist non-attorney notaries with the general requirements, duties, powers, limitations, liabilities and legal significance of his or her actions as a notary public. Legal counsel should be consulted whenever specific problems or questions arise concerning any aspect of the Office of Notary Public. Tennessee Code Annotated is referred to herein as T.C.A

Qualifications

  • A notary must be 18 years of age and be a resident of, or maintain a principal place of business in,
    the county from which he or she is elected. T.C.A. 8-16-101

  • A person with a principal place of business in a Tennessee County may be elected a notary even though
    that person’s residence is in another state. T.C.A. 8-16-101

  • A county legislative body member is not prohibited from serving as a notary public. T.C.A. 8-16-101

  • Every notary must keep an office in the county in which the notary was appointed. T.C.A. 8-16-108.

  • T.C.A. 8-18-101 states that...a person is disqualified from holding the office of notary public if that person:

    • has been convicted of offering or giving a bribe, larceny or any other offense declared infamous by law (unless restored to citizenship);

    • is a person who is a defaulter to the treasury at the time of election;

    • is a soldier, seaman, marine, or airman in the regular army, navy, or air force of the United States;

    • or is a member of congress or a person holding any office of profit or trust under any foreign power, other state or the United States.

It is a Class C misdemeanor to take office as a notary public if a disqualification exists. T.C.A. 8-18-102

A notary public may be removed from office just as any other county official. T.C.A. 8-47-101

Term of Office

The notary’s term is four years, beginning on the date of issuance of the commission by the Governor. T.C.A. 8-16-103

It is a Class C misdemeanor for any person who has been commissioned as a notary public to take an acknowledgement or otherwise to act in an official capacity after the expiration of the notary’s commission. T.C.A. 8-16-308

Application and Instructions (New and Renewal)

If you meet all the qualifications, submit a completed Notary Public Application along with a check of $14.00 made payable to the Rutherford County Clerk by the end of the last business day of the month for consideration in the next month's County Commission meeting. New applicates and renewing applicates complete the same application form.

Approximately two (2) weeks after approval of your application by the Rutherford County Board of Commissioners, the Office of the Rutherford County Clerk will notify you, by mail, to secure a ($10,000.00) Notary Public-at-Large Surety Bond. You may file one of the following types of bonds in the Office of the Rutherford County Clerk:

  • a surety bond from an insurance company authorized to do business in the State of Tennessee.

  • a surety bond signed by two (2) people who own real property in the State of Tennessee. Please print names of personal sureties in bond section provided in Notary Application. When notified by mail that your Tennessee Notary Public-at-Large Commission has been received, both personal sureties will be required, to appear in person, to sign your bond in the Office of the Rutherford County Clerk.

T.C.A. 8-16-105 states that...upon filing a surety bond, you will be required to take the following Oath of Office in the Office of the Rutherford County Clerk:
I, ______________________ do solemnly swear or affirm that I will support the constitutions of the State of Tennessee and the United States, and that I will, without favor or partiality, honestly, faithfully and diligently discharge the duties of notary public.

The Notary Public for the State of Tennessee Commission Certificate will be issued to you upon completion of the above stated requirements. Notary Public-at-Large Application

Official Seal

A notary must purchase an official seal at his or her own expense. T.C.A. 8-16-301. The seal must be a rubber stamp in any color other than black or yellow. T.C.A. 8-16-206. The current design prescribed by the Secretary of State for all notaries is circular, and has the notary’s full name printed at the top, the county in which elected at the bottom, and State of Tennessee Notary Public at Large in the center.

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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 death of the notary. Failure to properly surrender the seal constitutes a Class C misdemeanor. T.C.A. 8-16-301

 

If you have any questions or comments please e-mail countyclerk@rutherfordcountytn.gov.

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