2010 Tennessee Code
Title 8 - Public Officers And Employees
Chapter 16 - Notaries Public
Part 1 - Qualifications
8-16-114 - Seal of notary public for the state of Tennessee Imprinting of seal Fee.

8-16-114. Seal of notary public for the state of Tennessee Imprinting of seal Fee.

(a)  The secretary of state shall prescribe and design an official seal to be used by a Tennessee notary public. The seal of office may be imprinted by a rubber or other type of stamp. Such stamp shall imprint the seal of office in any color other than black or yellow, provided the color used to imprint the seal shall be clearly legible and appear as black when photocopied on a non-color copier. Nothing in this subsection (a) shall be construed to require a notary public to procure such a rubber or other stamp or to use a particular color of ink with the stamp prior to the expiration of the notary's term of office, and all impression notary seals shall be valid for use until the end of the notary's term of office. Notwithstanding any other provision of law or provision of this subsection (a) to the contrary, the use of an embossed notary seal after May 12, 2003, shall not render such an acknowledgement defective. No person shall incur any civil or criminal liability for failure to imprint the seal of office in a color required by this subsection (a) nor shall any document or title imprinted with a seal of the wrong color be invalid because of such failure.

(b)  Every notary public shall, at such notary's own expense, procure a seal of office, which the notary shall surrender to the county legislative body when the notary resigns, or at the expiration of such notary public's term of office, and which such notary's representatives, in case of such notary's death, shall likewise surrender, to be cancelled.

(c)  At the notary public's request, the county clerk may obtain an official seal or any part thereof for the notary public. Any county clerk providing this service may charge a fee not to exceed twenty percent (20%) of the cost of the seal or part obtained for the notary public.

[Acts 1953, ch. 220, § 1 (Williams, § 5914.6); T.C.A. (orig. ed.), § 8-1617; Acts 1986, ch. 814, § 1; 1991, ch. 303, § 1; 1993, ch. 418, § 4; T.C.A. § 8-16-206; Acts 2004, ch. 854, §§ 10, 18.]  

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