Persons who want to manufacture notary public seals must first be issued a permit by the Secretary of State in order to legally produce California notary public seals regardless of the type or location of the manufacturer. Each manufacturer is assigned an identification number that must be included as an integral part of each notary public seal produced. Other notary public seal characteristics and elements are prescribed in the Procedures and Guidelines for the Issuance of Notary Public Seals (PDF) . Applicants must complete an Application to Produce or Manufacture Notary Public Seals (PDF) prior to approval.

Persons not complying with these requirements are subject to civil penalties of $1,500 for each violation of law. (Government Code section 8207.)