Do I Need a Notary Stamp in California?
California Notary Stamps – Yes! Required
Cal. Gov’t Code § 8207 states a notary public should keep an official seal with which to authenticate all official acts. Do so with either a stamp or embosser. Round or rectangular models are acceptable. The circular form should be no more than 2-inches in diameter or 1Wx2.5L-inches if rectangular.
Be aware that in California your official seal must be reproducible under photographic methods. If choosing an embosser, this means an additional product will be required: a seal impression inker. Rub the impression inker over the raised seal image created by an embosser to darken and make it suitable for reproduction. Purchase the stamp as is. Just use best judgement when deciding on ink color. Dark colors such as black are best. Once again, be aware your stamp’s seal must be reproducible.
To be considered an official California notary public seal, include your name, an image of the state seal, the words “Notary Public”, date of commission expiration, commission number, identification number assigned to the manufacturer or vendor, and the name of the county where the notary’s oath and bond is filed. California maintains strict codes of conduct regulating the production of custom notary supplies. Make sure to contact to contact an appropriate vendor and determine all requirements are fulfilled before ordering.