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What should I do if my Notary stamp breaks?

The Notary Public Manual for Arizona says that Notaries can only have one stamp at a time. What are my options if my stamp breaks or I cannot use it in the middle of a loan signing?C.W., Arizona

Unfortunately, the law does not allow you to have a back-up to use in the middle of a notarization if your stamp breaks. All you can do at this time is notify the Secretary of State of your malfunctioning stamp and then you can order a new one.

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Alan

28 Dec 2020

In California would it be possible to continue with the notarization if your stamp breaks, but you have the ability to ink your seal embosser since it has the same legally required information?

National Notary Association

04 Jan 2021

Hello. “The seal of every notary public shall be affixed by a seal press or stamp that will print or emboss a seal which legibly reproduces under photographic methods the required elements of the seal” (GC 8207). According to the state Notary Public Handbook, because of the inconvenience of “smudging” an embosser to make its impression photographable, virtually all California Notaries use inked stamps as their official seal. However, “notaries public may use an embosser seal in addition to the rubber stamp”

Alice R. Higgins

31 Dec 2020

Need help with my seal, I think the problem is the seal. I am getting complaints about my seal, it is not clear. I have to press the inker hard so one can see the information however it is so dark the information on the embossing is not clear. Can the seal loose its ridges sharpness?

National Notary Association

05 Jan 2021

Hello. Yes, it is possible for an ink seal to become worn out or damaged, in which case you would need to obtain a replacement seal.

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