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Understanding Notary Certificates and Seals: Vital Notary Know-How

Friday, July 27, 2012

The certificate tells the Notary what to do. It identifies what type of notarization to perform and what actions the Notary must take. When the Notary completes and signs the certificate, he or she officially certifies certain facts have been verified. The Notary's seal authenticates the Notary's signature and makes the notarial act official. In this webinar, you will discover how to review a Notary certificate and how to use and store your Notary seal.


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The webinar was led by Patti Wulfestieg, an NNA Seminar Instructor. Due to technical difficulties, you won't be able to see Patti giving the presentation; however you can still hear her and see the presentation slides.

Topics Covered:

  • The purpose of the certificate
  • Where a Notary finds the certificate
  • The significance of the seal (or as in NY, the Notary's commission information)
  • States” requirements for seals
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