The Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law section of the State Bar of Texas is warning all notaries that they should replace their current seals with new ones issued by the Secretary of State to avoid possible complications with third parties. Previously, only new or renewing notaries were required to get new seals.

From the National Notary Association's Notary Bulletin:

In a statement issued last week, the State Bar’s Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section reported that the law — which requires that Notary seals issued after Jan. 1, 2016 include the Notary’s identification number — could apply to all Notaries, not just those who are new or renewing.

“The safest course of action is to replace your Notary seal with one that includes your identification number,” said William (Bill) D. Pargaman, Chair of the State Bar Section. “Our concern is that a third party might challenge the validity of an acknowledgment or jurat based on the lack of a (proper) seal.”

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