Notary Public Stamp

Prior to purchasing a notary /stamp, a notary must receive a certificate of authorization from the Secretary of State. This certificate must be presented to a notary stamp vendor. Under state law, a vendor is not authorized to manufacture the notary stamp unless presented with the authorization. The notary stamp must:

  1. Be designed to leave a clear impression;
  2. Be photographically reproducible;
  3. Include the words "Notary Public" and "State of North Dakota;"
  4. Contain the name of the notary public exactly as it appears on the authorization and the commission expiration date;
  5. Be either up to or equal to 1 5/8 inch (41.28 millimeters) in diameter if a circular design stamp or if a rectangular design stamp, be up to or equal to 7/8 inch (22.23 millimeters) in height and 2 5/8 inches (66.68 millimeters) in length; and
  6. Be surrounded by a border.

A notary stamp MAY NOT contain any other words, numbers, symbols or a reproduction of the great seal of North Dakota.

A notary may not allow any other individual to use his or her notary stamp to perform a notarial act. Upon resignation, revocation or expiration of the notary's commission or the expiration of the notary's stamp, the notary's stamp must be destroyed to prohibit its use by any other person.