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Statutory Documents

Notary Seal Requirements for U.S. States and Territories

Section 405.019 of the Texas Government Code requires the secretary of state to compile an annual list of those U.S. states and territories that require notaries public to validate certificates of acknowledgement, proofs of written instruments or jurats by attaching an official seal. The secretary has provided both a chart summarizing which states and territories require such a seal and a more detailed list referencing the authority under which the seal is required, and when available, the specifications for the seal.

The secretary of state’s office compiled this information for purposes of complying with §405.019, Government Code. Based on our research, we believe this information to be current as of April 2011. This information should not be relied on in determining the legal requirements of a particular jurisdiction. If you have any questions, corrections or updates in connection with this information, please email the Notary Unit or call (512) 463-5705.

State Seal Required?
Alabama
Y
Alaska
Y
American Samoa
Y
Arizona
Y
Arkansas
Y
California
Y
Colorado
Y
Connecticut
N
Delaware
Y
District of Columbia
Y
Florida
Y
Georgia
Y
Guam
Y
Hawaii
Y
Idaho
Y
Illinois
Y
Indiana
Y
Iowa
Y
Kansas
Y
Kentucky
N
Louisiana
N
Maine
N
Maryland
Y
Massachusetts
Y
Michigan
N
Minnesota
Y
Mississippi
Y
Missouri
Y
State Seal Required?
Montana
Y
Nebraska
Y
Nevada
Y
New Hampshire
Y
New Jersey
N
New Mexico
Y
New York
N
North Carolina
Y
North Dakota
Y
North Marianas
Y
Ohio
Y
Oklahoma
Y
Oregon
Y
Pennsylvania
Y
Puerto Rico
Y
Rhode Island
N
South Carolina
Y
South Dakota
Y
Tennessee
Y
Texas
Y
Utah
Y
Vermont
N
Virgin Islands
Y
Virginia
Y
Washington
Y
West Virginia
Y
Wisconsin
Y
Wyoming
Y