Texas Notary Stamps & Seals

Does a Texas notary need a notary seal/stamp?

Yes. Texas requires a notary seal stamp. From the Texas Secretary of State website: “A Texas notary public requires a seal/stamp that clearly shows, when embossed, stamped, or printed, the words “Notary Public, State of Texas” around a five-point star, the notary public’s name, and the notary’s commission expiration date. Texas notaries public commissioned for the first time on or after January 1, 2016, and Texas notaries public renewing their commissions on or after that date must have their notary ID number on their seal of office. [….] The notary public shall authenticate all official acts with the seal of office.”

Source:  See Section 406.013 of the Texas Government Code as amended by HB 1683 (PDF)

Source: Tex. Gov’t Code Ann. § 406.013.
“(a) A notary public shall provide a seal of office that clearly shows, when embossed, stamped, or printed on a document, the words “Notary Public, State of Texas” around a star of five points, the notary public’s name, and the date the notary public’s commission expires. Notaries public commissioned for the first time on or after January 1, 2016, and notaries public renewing their commissions on or after that date must have their notary ID number on their seal of office. See Section 406.013 of the Texas Government Code as amended by HB 1683 (PDF). The notary public shall authenticate all official acts with the seal of office.
(b) The seal may be a circular form not more than two inches in diameter or a rectangular form not more than one inch in width and 2-1/2 inches in length. The seal must have a serrated or milled edge border.
(c) The seal must be affixed by a seal press or stamp that embosses or prints a seal that legibly reproduces the required elements of the seal under photographic methods. An indelible ink pad must be used for affixing by a stamp the impression of a seal on an instrument to authenticate the notary public’s official act.”

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