Notary Bulletin

How Do I ... Dispose Of An Obsolete Seal?

If you resign your Notary commission, move to a new address or change your name due to marriage, it may be necessary to replace your seal of office. But don’t throw it away intact. Someone may find it and use it for fraudulent purposes.

Before discarding an old ink seal, the rubber face should be cut or otherwise defaced so that it cannot be used again. A metal embosser may need to be disassembled or have the embossing plate removed before disposal. Dispose of the pieces separately or in different locations.

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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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