The notary seal is as vital for the completion of the notarial act as the presence and powers of the individual who is your Notary Public. Now, notary seals are not required in all states. However, the states that do require the seal endow it with specific functions that make the functions of a Notary Public official.
Placing the notary stamp (also known as a notary seal) on a document is one of the most important steps in providing a notarial service. All 50 states require public notaries to place their respective stamp on documents as a means to finalize and authenticate the service. Without this stamp, the document is not legally notarized.
Signature guarantees and notary stamps are both used to verify signers’ identity. Loan documents, for instance, require professional notarization to protect against fraud. The notary public verifies the signer’s identify – usually done by checking his or her driver’s license of state-issued ID card – and stamps the document to finalize its execution. While a signature guarantee shares some similarities to a notary stamp, they are two unique processes, each with its own purpose.