Notary Bulletin Hotline Tip: How Do I Properly Dispose Of My Outdated Notary Seal? By NNA Staff on July 18, 2012 in Hotline Tips I 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 – J.N. If the outdated item is a self-inking seal, you should deface the rubber part of the seal in a way that renders it unable to make an impression.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. Email Share 8 Comments Add your commentLinda Lopez29 Mar 2015My husband was a notary and he just passed in Jan. What do I do with his notary things that have not expired?National Notary Association01 Apr 2015Hello 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 hotline@NationalNotary.org.Catherine Wilson Puhala15 Jun 2015My father was a Notary Public in Kanawha County, WV. He has been deceased since December, 1978. His seal is the old type that actually makes an imprint. No date is contained on the imprint. Is it of any value and if not, how should I dispose of it?National Notary Association16 Jun 2015Hello Catherine. We don't know if the seal is of any value as an antique. If you wish to dispose of it, you would need to disassemble or deface the seal so that it could not be used by another person after disposal.Lillian Sims-Travers19 Jun 2015I recently updated my last name due to marriage. I ordered & received my new stamp and my old one needs to be returned. It doesn't expire until Oct. 3, 2015. Do I just deface the rubber imprint and return it to NNA or just deface the stamp, so it can't be used?National Notary Association22 Jun 2015Hello. Please contact our Customer Care team at Services@nationalnotary.org to confirm if you need to return the obsolete stamp.Johnette Jeffcoat21 Jul 2015My Notary Seal was stolen from my vehicle. I will order a new one but wondered if I should report this to someone.National Notary Association28 Jul 2015Hello. You may wish to report the theft to local law enforcement and get a copy of the report for your records. That way, if someone attempts to fraudulently use your seal, you will have evidence that it was stolen. You may also wish to contact your state Notary-regulating agency and report the theft to them. Leave a Comment Required * Name * Email *(for verfication purposes only) Comment * Enter the text shown in this image *(text is case sensitive)All comments are reviewed and if approved, will display.