Tennessee Notary Acknowledgment Form

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Updated August 03, 2022

A Tennessee notary acknowledgment form is a certificate that a notarial officer may use to attest that someone’s signature is authentic and has been provided willfully. This type of authentication is often required when filing documents of considerable importance (e.g. living trust, mortgage, deed). In order to be certain that a signature has not been forged or signed involuntarily, the notary public will ensure that the signing party has been identified as the person described within the instrument. A notary public may authenticate (acknowledge) both signatures which have been provided within their presence as well as those that have been previously signed.

Laws – § 66-22-107

Notary Handbook – Explains the process of becoming a notarial officer as well as the State regulations that govern notarial acts in Tennessee.

How to Notarize in Tennessee

Step 1 – If you are unaware of what locations provide notarial services, the following list contains several options:

Step 2 – Prepare your documents and bring them to the notary public for assessment. While many notarial services are offered for free to clients (e.g. at local banks), you may still be required to pay a service fee depending on the company’s policies.

Step 3 – The notary public will need to ascertain satisfactory evidence of your identity in order to be sure that you are the individual who should be signing the presented documents. If the notary public does not know you personally, you may identify yourself with a government-issued ID or another form of identification mentioned within § 66-22-106.

Step 4 – After a full review of your documents and personal identification, the notary public will request that you sign your documents in front of them, or if your signature was provided prior to acknowledgment, the notary public will ask that you attest to the signature as being your own.

Step 5 – The notary public will complete the process by filling in the notary acknowledgment form with the location and date of an acknowledgment as well as the name(s) of those involved in the transaction. Once filled in, the notary public will sign the acknowledgment form and supply their seal. Your paperwork will be returned to you after the process has been completed.

Verify a Notary in Tennesse

Step 1 – Begin by navigating to the Tennessee Secretary of State notary search webpage.

tennessee secretary of state notary search page

Step 2 – Enter the last name of a notary in the search field. To the right of the field, use the drop-down menu to specify whether you’d like to search for active notaries, inactive notaries, or all notaries. Click Submit to proceed with your search.

notary search field

Step 3 – Here, you will see a list of all notaries that have the same last name as the one entered in your search. Click on a notary’s name to view more information on the individual.

notary search results

How to Write (For Notary)

Step 1 – The Tennessee notary acknowledgment form is accessible in Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word, and Open Document Text.

Step 2 – In the empty fields of the form (highlighted in yellow below), provide the following items of information:

  • County of acknowledgment
  • Date of acknowledgment (day, month, year)
  • Name of person(s) requesting acknowledgment
  • Notary’s signature
  • Notary’s seal