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May I Notarize While Waiting For A New Seal?

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Am I able to notarize documents while waiting for my seal to come in the mail? S.S., Florida

No, you are required to use a Notary seal. (FS 117.05 [3]) The seal must be placed on the document at the time of notarization, not before or after.

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

Confronted with a tricky notarization? Unsure how to proceed? NNA members have unlimited access to our expertly trained NNA Hotline counselors to help you with all of your notarial questions. Call 1-888-876-0827, Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST; Saturday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT.


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Maria Teresa S Wilso

21 Jan 2020

Need my abstract driving record and Apostille from Wa secretary of State. What must I do and how much will it cost

National Notary Association

22 Jan 2020

Based on what you’ve described, we think it would be best if you contacted our Hotline team by phone and provided them with a more detailed description of the situation. The NNA Hotline: 1-888-876-0827 Mon – Fri: 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (PT) Saturday: 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (PT) If you’re not an NNA Member or Hotline Subscriber, they will provide you with a one-time courtesy call.

David Ivory

22 Mar 2020

What is the proper order for a notarizatoon. Some say do everything then oath (affirmation) others say before you set your seal on paper (pennsylvania)

National Notary Association

23 Mar 2020

Hello, David. This article has information on the proper steps for completing a notarization:

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