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May A Notary Use The Official Seal On Business Cards?

New Hotline Resized 3Am I allowed to have an image of my Notary seal on my business cards? — UNK, California

No.  A Notary Public cannot use the official notarial seal except for the purpose of carrying out official duties and responsibilities (Gov’t Code 8207).

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betty dedman

11 Feb 2019

OMGosh!!! Putting your stamp on your business card?!?!? GREAT way to pass it around and allow a forger to go to work!!! Please don't do this really dumb thing.

MariaEstrella Palma Cervantes

07 Jul 2020

We can use the NNA Logo correct? Like on our Website -Facebook or Linkden?

National Notary Association

08 Jul 2020

Hello. If you are an NNA member, please log into your member profile at, select "Member Benefits" from the left-hand menu and click on "Member Badge Privileges" for information and to download a logo image.


23 Feb 2022

Why do some put their commission number on their business cards? Is that necessary?

Ana Espinoza

06 Jan 2023

Can a notary public in California use The Great Seal of California on their business cards?

National Notary Associaton

18 Jan 2023

Hi Ana. Thank you for reaching out. We recommend contacting the CA Secretary of State since it regards using a state-specific image.


05 Oct 2023


National Notary Association

13 Oct 2023

Hi Hilary, thanks for reaching out. Unfortunately, the SOS does not allow the use of the Great Seal for commercial purposes. You can follow this link for more info:,of%20California%20for%20commercial%20purposes

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