Notary Public applications received by the County Clerk are forwarded to the County Commission for approval after the Law Enforcement committee and Sheriff conduct an investigation to determine if the applicant is eligible under the law.

To qualify for a public office a person must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and be in compliance with Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA 8-18-101). All notaries must be a resident of the county, or have their principal place of business in the county from which they were elected. All notaries must be a U.S. Citizen (Pub. Ch. 834, Acts 2008

The actual notary commission is then issued by the Secretary of State and is valid for a period of four years.  It takes about 10 days after you are approved for the certificate to be issued by the Secretary of State.   A notary must also be bonded. Your bond is in the amount of $10,000.00.  You can do your bond in one (1) of two (2) ways.  1.  You may have two (2) Marshall County landowners sign the enclosed form or 2.  You can have an insurance company send a letter stating they are issuing your bond once your application has been approved.  After you are approved, and have received your insurance bond you can bring that in and pick up your certificate.

Once all pages are completed, return them to our office by the 5th of the upcoming month in order for us to have your application approved at that monthly meeting of the County Commission.  If turned in after this date, your application will be approved at the next monthly meeting of the County Commission.  The Commission does not meet in December.

The fee for a notary renewal or new is $14.00.   We can purchase a self-inking stamp for you for $32.00.

The law that went into effect October 1, 2014, states you are required to keep a record of each notarization you perform in a well bound journal. If you wish for me to order this please send $14.00 for the book.  

The Marshall County Clerk’s Office now accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover Credit card payments for most services.
*Convenience fees do apply.


Notary Handbook

Notary Public Application