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What is a Corporate Seal? 

A corporate stamp (also known as a company stamp) is a special stamp customized for your company. It can be used to record particular documents with details about your company.

Although company stamps do add a level of formality to important company documents.

What information is included in a corporate seal?

A corporate seal typically includes:
The name of your business.
The year your business was incorporated.
The state where your business was incorporated.

What is a corporate seal used for?

A corporate seal can be used to mark documents as "official".

Company seals can be used on documents such as stock certificates, meeting minutes, various contracts, deeds, and the like.

A corporate seal is generally recognized by the board of directors as a way to authorize documents on behalf of a corporation.

What types of business entities can have a company stamp?

Limited liability companies (LLCs), S corporations, and C corporations may have a company seal.

Can I use a corporate seal to issue company shares or LLC membership certificates?

Yes, you can stamp Stock Certificates (C Corporations, S Corporations) or Membership Certificates (LLC) with a company seal.

Such certificates may also need to be signed by the president of the company, note that in many cases, paper certificates are not necessary to prove ownership of the shares, as there are often digital records that they are has granted ownership.

What types of corporate stamps were available historically?

Traditionally, the company stamp would have been used with sealing wax also known as sealing wax. The wax was heated and poured over the document, and then a metal stamp was used to leave an impression on the wax.

Rubber stamps have also been used as corporate stamps over the years, today many corporate stamps work by using a stamping device to press company details onto the paper.

Is there a difference between sealed and unsealed documents for a corporation?

In most cases, corporations do not need to officially "seal" documents, and there is no practical difference between a sealed document and an unsealed document that is duly authorized by a company official.

Note that some types of documents or jurisdictions may still require a seal, our team of corporate consultants can help you determine if seals and certificates are required in your company's state of incorporation.

Am I legally required to have a company stamp?

In most cases, no, some jurisdictions or states may require you to perform specific documents with a stamp, but in most cases, the signature of a company control officer will provide the appropriate authorization.

Some states still recognize the legal power of a corporate seal.

Why should you get a corporate seal?

Although the use of a company stamp is not legally required in most cases, stamping an official document can add authenticity and authority.

In some cases, a corporate seal may still be required; for example, if your company is part of an inheritance, to make leases or other real estate documents.

Some banks will also require a corporate seal.

Where do I get a corporate seal?

An embossed corporate seal (also known as a dry seal) is included in our Corporate Kit. Our VIP business registration plan includes our Corporate Kit.

The corporate kit includes:

A corporate seal
A personalized folder and case with the name of your company.
20 certificates for LLC members or corporate shareholders.
Forms and corporate documents, including training documents.
A transfer book.
Mylar dividers with tabs to keep everything organized.
Cotton sheets for minutes.

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