Notary Bulletin

Hotline Tip: Should I Use A Seal If My State Doesn't Require It?

While some states don’t legally require a Notary to use a seal, they can add authenticity and professionalism to a document.

In the absence of a seal, states often require that the Notary’s name, title and commission expiration date be stamped, typed or printed in ink that can be photocopied near the signature of the Notary. A seal can accomplish this in states that require it, and even in non-seal states, redundancy of this information in a seal still has value.

For example, if you’re notarizing a document that’s going out of state, it could be challenged or questioned in a state that requires seals.

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Quiz: The Many Types Of Notarial Acts

Notaries perform many different duties for the public — and it’s easy to lose track of the different acts and what states they’re authorized in. Test your familiarity with common — and uncommon — notarial acts.

(A link to the correct answers is provided at the end of the quiz.)

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