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Can I use my old Notary seal after I renew my commission?

I have renewed my Notary commission and have just received the new stamp. Should I continue to use the old stamp until it is expired or start to use the new one?M. L., Florida

You should continue to use the old stamp as long as your current commission term is still in force. Once that commission expires and the new commission is effective, you can use your new stamp.

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Jan Black Ramey

08 Mar 2022

Would like more information about getting ordained please.

National Notary Association

11 Mar 2022

Hello. Please see this article for more information:


27 Sep 2022

I renewed my notary license but haven't received my new notary stamp. Does the state of Colorado provide that or do I order one myself?

National Notary Association

18 Oct 2022

Hello. You will need to purchase an ink stamp that meets the requirements of Colorado Notary law. If you need assistance, you can contact the NNA's Customer Care team at

Kristi Montanez

18 Jul 2023

So my commission expires on August 9, 2023, but I couldn’t get into a renewal class until next Thursday, July 27 but what’s going to happen because I know my commission is going to expire before all my background and everything comes back.

National Notary Association

18 Jul 2023

Hello. Please contact our Customer Care team at and one of our representatives should be able to assist you with your questions.


16 Oct 2023

Hello - I just had several important documents notarized and realized that the notary's commission expired on the day we signed the documents. I assume this is ok but wanted to be sure. I've researched this a bit and looks like the notary did the right thing (using their stamp until the day the commission expires), but since these are important documents, I want to be sure I don't need to get them re-notarized. Thanks.

National Notary Association

17 Oct 2023

Hello. You would need to contact the receiving agency to confirm if there are any issues with the notarization.

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