What is a corporate seal?

David van Moorsel

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A corporate seal is a stamp or embossed seal (that leaves an indentation on the paper) that contains the name of the corporation.

Documents that are approved by the corporation are sometimes stamped or embossed by a corporate seal in order to confirm that the documents have been properly approved by the corporation.

Historically corporate seals were used on most contracts and share certificates. Today, they are not used as frequently, but are occasionally required by banks and land titles offices on certain documents signed by an authorized director of the corporation.

The following is an example of a corporate seal for the fictitious company “Acme Widgets Inc.”:


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