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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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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.

15 Aug 2021

Do I have to use my middle name for the notary stamp? My middle name is long, could I use my initial?

National Notary Association

17 Aug 2021

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

Andrea I. Nemesszeghy

03 Mar 2022

My original notary included an initial for my middle name. When I renewed it they used my full middle name. I am in the state of Alabama. Will I need a new seal impression with my full middle name?

National Notary Association

22 Apr 2022

Yes, the name on the seal should be the same as on the commission certificate.

Julia Jasiunas

04 Sep 2022

Hi, I just completed my 6 hour course and only put my first and last name on the certificate. I have two middle names on my driver's license. Is this acceptable? I would prefer to only use my first and last name. Please advise. Thank you!

National Notary Association

07 Sep 2022

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.

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