TN House Bill 2954


State: Tennessee
Signed: May 01, 2008

Effective: May 01, 2008
Chapter: 834


House Bill 2954 clarifies that a person must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident to hold a Tennessee Notary commission.


Amends Section 18-16-101 of the Tennessee Code Annotated.

  1. Clarifies that an applicant for a Notary Public commission must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.

In the last couple of years, the issue of immigration has prompted states such as Arizona, and now Tennessee, to modify their qualifications for a Notary commission. In the case of Tennessee, the repealed law only stated that a person did not have to be a U.S. citizen, which was true in light of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Bernal v. Fainter. However, the law left open the issue of whether the person had to have legal permanent residence status to be a Notary, which House Bill 2954 addresses.

Read House Bill 2954.