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TN Senate Bill 509

Notary Law Update: TN Senate Bill 509

State: Tennessee

Summary:
Tennessee Senate Bill 509 authorizes all Notaries Public to perform marriage ceremonies.

Signed:  April 28, 2021

Effective:  April 28, 2021

Chapter: 255

Affects:
Amends Section 36-3-301 of the Tennessee Code Annotated.

Changes:
  1. Authorizes Notaries Public to solemnize marriages in Tennessee. 
Analysis:
Tennessee becomes the fifth state to authorize Notaries Public to perform marriages. The others are Florida, Maine, Montana, Nevada, and South Carolina. Tennessee Notaries join a long list of other designated officiants of weddings, including ministers, preachers, pastors, priests, rabbis, spiritual leaders of every religious belief, members of county legislative bodies, county mayors, judges, chancellors, former chancellors and judges, former county executives or county mayors, former members of quarterly county courts or commissions, the Governor, the Speaker and former Speakers of the Senate and House of Representatives, members of the General Assembly who have filed notice, law enforcement chaplains, members of legislative bodies of municipalities, county clerks of each county, former county clerks who occupied office on or after July 1, 2014, and mayors of municipalities.

Senate Bill 509 was quite brief. There are no additional provisions to regulate how Notaries perform marriages, but they must follow the rules required of all officiants.

Read the bill text.

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