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Virginia Notary Seals

Virginia Official Notary Seal Requirements

All of Stamp-Connection's Notary Public Stamps & Seals meet the requirements in the Virginia state code. They are as follows:

§ 47.1-16. Notarizations to show date of act, official signature and seal, etc.
C. Upon every writing which is the subject of a notarial act, the notary shall, after his certificate, state the date of the expiration of his commission in substantially the following form:
"My commission expires the … day of......,....."
Near the notary's official signature on the notarial certificate of a paper document, the notary shall affix a sharp, legible, permanent, and photographically reproducible image of the official seal, or, to an electronic document, the notary shall attach an official electronic seal.
A Handbook for Virginia Notaries Public
"A Virginia notary’s seal/stamp must contain the name of the notary exactly as it appears on the notary’s commission, the words “Notary Public” and “Commonwealth of Virginia.” Any information included on the notary’s seal/stamp must be accurate. The notary cannot strikethrough or white­out an area to make a change."
A Handbook for Virginia Notaries Public
A traditional notary is not required to keep a notary journal. However, the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth recommends that each notary maintain a journal that provides a record of all notarial acts performed so as to provide evidence for resolving future disputes over authenticity of signatures and documents. The journal may also provide proof that the notary has lawfully performed his or her notarial duties.
A Handbook for Virginia Notaries Public
The electronic notary seal contain the name of the notary exactly as it appears on the notary’s commission, the words “Electronic Notary Public” and “Commonwealth of Virginia”, the commission expiration date, and the notary’s registration number. The physical appearance of the seal replicates the appearance of an inked seal on paper and shall appear on any visual or printed representation of the electronic notary certificate. The electronic notary seal is attached or logically associated with the document, linking the data in such a manner that any subsequent alterations to the underlying document or electronic notary certificate are observable through visual examination. The seal must be retained under the electronic notary’s sole control.

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