How to Seal a Legal Document

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Many legal documents and contracts require only signatures in order to be official and binding. However, in some legal or business matters, it is necessary to take special steps in sealing the legal document. Most states have their own special seals that may be the traditional wax, rubber or paper. The seal should be affixed close to the signature of the highest ranked person affiliated with the company or organization that created the legal document.

Step 1

Have each party sign their names on the appropriate lines on the legal document.

Step 2

Include a section in the signatures area that reads "Per: __ (Seal)".

Step 3

Affix the official seal in the space listed in Step 2.


  • Counterfeit seals are illegal in the United States and represent a felony with the possible punishment of time in prison and/or a fine.


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