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Do I Need To Buy An Embosser To Go With My Notary Stamp?

New Hotline Resized 3I received my Notary stamp, but I did not receive a seal embosser. Is a seal embosser

required?J.S., Alabama

No, an embosser is not required in Alabama. You may use either an embosser or an inking stamp as an official seal. (COA 36-20-72.)

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Maria E. Angle

12 Nov 2019

Do I need to purchase an embosser to go with my Notary stamp??

National Notary Association

12 Nov 2019

Hello Maria. To help us answer your question, can you please tell us what state you are commissioned in?

Elain Vance

12 Nov 2019

Should I purchase an embosser to go with the stamp? I live in Ohio

National Notary Association

12 Nov 2019

Hello. Ohio permits its Notaries to use either an ink stamp or embosser. The seal must consist of the coat of arms of the state within a circle that is at least ¾ inches, but not larger than 1 inch and surrounded by the words “notary public,” “notary seal” or words to that effect, the name of the notary public and the words “State of Ohio.” The name of the notary public can be printed, typed or stamped near the signature. The commission number and commission dates are not required.

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