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Notary Bulletin

Hotline Tip: Using A Notary Seal If Your State Doesn't Require It

NNA Hotline Tips For NotariesWhile 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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