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What Are My State's Rules For Disposing Of An Old Notary Seal?

New Hotline Resized 3How do you properly dispose of old Illinois notary stamps? — H. K., Illinois

When the Notary’s commission terminates through revocation, resignation or death, The Illinois Notary Public Handbook available on the Secretary of State’s website says “the notary, or the notary’s heirs, should destroy or deface the seal so that it may not be misused.”

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. – The Editors

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