IA Administrative Rule (Seal)

Notary Law Update: IA Administrative Rule (Seal Clarification)

State: Iowa


This emergency rule clarifies that the seal of a Notary must appear on a notarized document.

Signed:  March 19, 2012

Effective:  April 18, 2012

Chapter: N/A


Amends Section 721-43.1(9E) of the Iowa Code


Clarifies that a Notary must affix the Notary's seal on a notarial certificate that evidences the completion of a notarial act.


Under Iowa's Uniform Law on Notarial Acts, the statute provides that the Notary's seal must be part of the certificate of a notarial act (IC 9E.14). The prior administrative rule said the seal "may" be included on the certificate. As there is a world of difference between the words "may" and "shall," this rule cleared up the discrepancy.

Read the text of the administrative rule.

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