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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.

Ray DeSaro

25 Nov 2019

Do I need an emboser in the state of NJ?

National Notary Association

25 Nov 2019

Hello. New Jersey does not have a seal requirement for Notaries.

susan kaplan

25 Nov 2019

i don't think i need a embosser in New York State, please confirm. thanks.

National Notary Association

25 Nov 2019

Hello. New York does not require use of a Notary seal.

christina.arellano@sgcity.org

25 Nov 2019

Does Utah allow the embosser?

National Notary Association

25 Nov 2019

Hello. Under Utah Notary Law, “A notary may use an embossed seal impression that is not photographically reproducible in addition to, but not in place of, the photographically reproducible seal required in this section” (UCA 46-1-16[4]).

Ellen Smith

25 Nov 2019

I'm in Washington. I believe that the embosser is also optional here, but a lot of my clients have asked about it. If I get an embosser, just because my clients think it's cool, are there rules on it's use. For example, I have seen them used over document text. When those documents are copied doesn't the embossing show as black and obscure the print and thus make a copy obvious but also unreadable? If it is important not to obscure the print on a copy of the document, would I then not use it on any certification associated with the document to uphold continuity?

National Notary Association

25 Nov 2019

Hello. Washington Notaries have the option of using an embosser as their official seal. “The seal or stamp must be capable of being copied together with the record to which it is affixed or with which it is logically associated” (RCW 42.45.150[3]).

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