Notary Public Equipment

Following the effective date of the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA) on October 26, 2017

Seal/Stamping Device

Notaries public commissioned in Pennsylvania are required to use an official seal to authenticate all the acts, instruments and attestations of the notary public. For paper (versus electronic) notarizations, this is a rubber stamp seal which must have a maximum height of 1 inch and a width of 3 ½ inches with a plain border.

The stamp/seal must contain, in the following order:

  • The words “Commonwealth of Pennsylvania”
  • The words “Notary Seal”
  • The name as it appears on the commission of the notary public and the words “Notary Public”
  • The name of the county in which the notary public maintains an office
  • The date the notary public's commission expires
  • The notary commission number

The stamp will no longer contain the municipality in which the notary maintains an office. “Commonwealth of Pennsylvania” is added to the stamp. The proposed regulations of the Department require the inclusion of the notary commission number on the stamp. This is an example of a RULONA-compliant stamp:

Transitional provision: A notary public who holds a commission on the effective date of RULONA may continue to use his or her existing seal until the expiration of that commission, which may occur after the effective date of both RULONA and the Department’s regulations. Full compliance with RULONA seal requirements must occur with the notary’s next commission.

Notaries may use an embosser in addition to the rubber stamp seal. However, the embosser is optional and may not replace the rubber stamp seal.

In performing a notarization, a notary public must ensure that the rubber stamp seal is stamped in a prominent place on the notarial certificate near the notary public's signature in such a manner as to be capable of photographic reproduction. The notary public's stamping device is the exclusive property of the notary public to whom it is issued. The notary public is responsible for the custody and control of the stamping device at all times and shall not permit the use of his/her seal by another person. The use of a notary public seal by a person who is not the notary public on the seal will be deemed an impersonation of a notary public and the individual will be subject to criminal penalties.

If a stamping device is lost or stolen, the notary public shall notify the Department within 15 days of discovering the loss or theft. The term "loss" includes stamps/seals that are misplaced, destroyed or otherwise made unavailable. The notification must include a statement that the notary public does not possess the stamping device and the date the notary public discovered that the stamping device was lost or stolen. A notary may wish to file a police report for stolen items.

Upon resignation or on the expiration of the date set forth in the stamping device or on the death or adjudication of incompetency of a notary public, the notary public or the notary’s personal representative shall disable the stamping device by destroying, defacing, damaging, erasing or securing it against use in a manner which renders it unusable.

DO NOT send your old notary stamp to the Department unless your commission has been suspended or revoked or if you have been instructed or ordered to do so.


Transitional provision: A notary public who holds a commission on the effective date of RULONA may continue to use his or her existing journal until the expiration of that commission. Full compliance with RULONA journaling requirements must occur with the notary’s next commission.

Also called the notary register, the notary journal is where the notary public records all notarial acts that the notary performs in chronological order.

A journal may be created on a tangible medium or in an electronic format. A notary public may maintain a separate journal for tangible records and for electronic records. If the journal is maintained on a tangible medium (i.e. on paper), it must be a bound register with numbered pages. If the journal is maintained in an electronic format, it must be in a tamper-evident electronic format complying with the regulations of the Department.

Journal entries shall be made contemporaneously with performance of the notarial act and contain all of the following information:

  • The date and time of the notarial act.
  • A description of the record, if any, and type of notarial act.
  • The full name and full address (street and number, city and state) of each individual for whom the notarial act is performed.
  • If identity of the individual is based on personal knowledge, a statement to that effect.
  • If identity of the individual is based on satisfactory evidence, a brief description of the method of identification and any identification credential presented, including the date of issuance and expiration of an identification credential.
  • The fee charged by the notary public.


Date/Time of Notarial Act

Type of Act*

Document Description

Notary Fee

Clerical and/or Administrative Fees

Customer Name and Address

Identification Method

Identification Details




4:45 pm





John Smith

123 Main Street

Carlisle, PA

Acceptable ID

PA drivers license Issued 3/7/2014

Expires 5/20/2018




10:15 am


High school transcript



Jane Doe

401 North Street

Harrisburg, PA

Personal Knowledge

Long time neighbor and personal friend




2:30 pm


Board member oath



John Boardmember

444 Coastal Highway

Ocean City, MD

Acceptable ID

MD drivers license

Issued 9/17/2015

Expires 11/11/2019




9:00 am



237 MD 2017



Larry Lawyer

666 Avarice Alley

Harrisburg, PA

Acceptable ID

PA drivers license Issued 1/10/2017

Expires 2/19/2021