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Can I use a Notary stamp that's missing my middle initial?

I ordered a stamp from a company that failed to include my middle initial of “K”.  Can I write the “K” in in my seal impressions, or do I need to order a new seal?K.H., North Carolina

No, you cannot write in your middle initial in the seal impression after stamping it and you’ll have to purchase a new seal. The name on your notarial seal must be exactly as it appears on your commission (GS 10B-37[b]). If your commission was issued to you with your middle initial, the seal must contain the middle initial.

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Desiree

08 Feb 2021

I'm in CA. I know I cannot use abbreviations in my journal. However, I would like to order a date stamp to use, which abbreviates the month. Is this ok to use? I cannot find a stamp that just uses numerals. Thank you.

National Notary Association

12 Feb 2021

Hello. Since the CA SOS has directed that no shortcuts such as ditto marks should be used in a journal entry, to be on the safe side we recommend that you do not use an abbreviated date stamp.

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