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What Should I Do If I Place My Seal Upside Down?

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What happens if you place your Notary seal upside down?L.J., Illinois

An upside-down seal impression could cause a document to be rejected by the receiving agency. It’s recommended to leave a second seal impression (right-side up). If there is no room for a second impression, the signer should check with the receiving agency to ensure attaching a new Notary certificate is acceptable.

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Michael E Harris

22 May 2017

In New Jersey, a seal is not required. What do we do in NJ?

National Notary Association

23 May 2017

Hello. New Jersey Notaries are required to affix their signature, printed name and commission expiration date on notarial certificates. (NJSA 52:7-19 and the New Jersey Notary Public Manual.)

Lora Lauhoff

10 Aug 2017

That was very helpful. Thank you.

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