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Using Notary Gold Foil Seals on Notarized Documents


While the self-inking or pre-inked notary stamp is the convenient tool of choice for all notaries when notarizing documents, there are times when a notary may wish to add extra enhancement to the executed document.


The use of gold seals along with a notary seal metal embosser on a notarized document adds a significant professional quality to the document's appearance. These enhancements may often be requested by the recipient of documents that will be used in other countries or jurisdictions.

Nevertheless, notaries must understand that the use of the metal embosser atop a gold foil seal on any notarized document is not sufficient to guarantee the document's acceptability. The gold foil seal should be placed on the document after the document has been notarized with the self-inking notary stamp or the metal notary embosser. Then the metal embosser is placed directly over the gold foil seal.

Notary stamps, embossers, gold foil seals, and notary supplies can all be conveniently purchased on the American Association of Notaries website at https://www.notarypublicstamps.com.

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