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359.03 SEAL; REGISTER.
    Subdivision 1. Requirement. Every notary shall get an official seal, with which to
authenticate official acts, and upon which shall be engraved the arms of this state, the words
"notarial seal." The seal, with the notary's official register, is exempt from execution, and, on
death or removal from office, the register must be deposited with the court administrator of the
district court of the notary's county.
    Subd. 2. Validation and legalization of certain instruments. All instruments heretofore
duly made and executed which have been acknowledged before a notary public as provided
by law, but the seal used thereon has engraved on it "notary public," are hereby validated and
legalized, and in case such instruments are recorded, the recording is hereby validated and
legalized, and all such instruments are validated to the same extent as though properly sealed at
the time of their acknowledgment. This subdivision shall not affect any action now pending in
any of the courts of this state.
    Subd. 3. Specifications. The seal of every notary public may be affixed by a stamp that
will print a seal which legibly reproduces under photographic methods the seal of the state of
Minnesota, the name of the notary, the words "Notary Public," and the words "My commission
expires ...............," with the expiration date shown thereon or may be an electronic form. A
physical seal used to authenticate a paper document shall be a rectangular form of not more than
three-fourths of an inch vertically by 2-1/2 inches horizontally, with a serrated or milled edge
border, and shall contain the information required by this subdivision.
    Subd. 4. Electronic seal. A notary's electronic seal shall contain the notary's name,
jurisdiction, and commission expiration date, and shall be logically and securely affixed to or
associated with the electronic record being notarized.
History: (6939) RL s 2658; 1947 c 42 s 1; 1947 c 372 s 1; 1971 c 251 s 1; 1986 c 444;
1Sp1986 c 3 art 1 s 82; 1993 c 354 s 4,5; 2006 c 260 art 7 s 6,7