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What are the Requirements when my Seal/Stamp is Lost or Stolen?

Thursday, April 26, 2018

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Lost or Stolen Seal/Stamp Requirements

If the seal is lost, misplaced, destroyed, broken, damaged, or is rendered otherwise unworkable, the notary public must:

  • Immediately deliver written notice of that fact to the Secretary of State by certified mail, or the use of any other means of physical delivery that provides a receipt for these communications, for example: FedEx, USPS, UPS.
  • The Secretary of State, within five working days after receipt of the notice, if requested by a notary, shall issue a certificate of authorization which a notary may use to obtain a replacement seal.
    • Government Code section 8207.3(e)

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