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Hotline Tip: How Do I Properly Dispose Of My Outdated Notary Seal?

NNA Hotline Tips For NotariesI recently renewed my commission and received my new Notary seal. How do I go about properly destroying my old Notary seal? – J.N.

If the outdated item is a self-inking seal, you should deface the rubber part of the seal in a way that renders it unable to make an impression. I many cases a sharp object would suffice. An embosser must also be defaced so it is unable to make an impression. In this case it is necessary to use a tool or method that is capable of obscuring the embosser plates.

There is no statute addressing specifically how to destroy your seal, so your goal is to simply ensure that the seal is no longer useable, thereby preventing theft and/or fraud.


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Linda Lopez

29 Mar 2015

My husband was a notary and he just passed in Jan. What do I do with his notary things that have not expired?

National Notary Association

01 Apr 2015

Hello Linda. We're sorry for your loss. In order to answer your question, can you please tell us what state your husband was commissioned in? If you need a response quickly, you can also contact our Hotline counselors at

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