The misuse of a notary seal occurs too often. A notary seal is a symbol of authority just like the uniform of a soldier or a badge of a police officer, and it is supposed to be handled with the same level of responsibility. A commissioned notary is not allowed to lend his seal to anyone, lose it, or let anyone else use it under any circumstances without any exception. Whether intentional or by mistake, a notary public who allows anyone to use his seal could be liable to pay damages that may be incurred as a result of this act. The notary public can also face civil penalties or criminal charges for this misconduct.
There are two important points that need to be understood about the seal of a notary public: