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How Do I ... Fix A Bad Seal Impression?

You’re at the final stages of a notarization. Everything’s gone smoothly so far. The journal entry’s done, the signer’s been identified. You stamp the document ... and the seal is unreadable.

Don’t fret. If the first seal impression isn’t clear, it’s all right to affix a second one. Just find a space near the first impression and try again. You can even turn the seal sideways if you need to fit the second impression in a tight spot. However, make sure that a second seal impression does not obscure any text or other images on the document.

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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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