(a)  The electronic notary seal shall be independently verifiable and unique to the electronic notary.

(b)  The electronic notary seal shall be retained under the electronic notary's sole control.

(c)  When the electronic notary performs an electronic notarization, the electronic seal used by the electronic notary shall be accessible by and attributable solely to the electronic notary to the exclusion of all other persons and entities for the entire time necessary to perform the electronic notarization.

(d)  The electronic notary seal shall be attached or logically associated with the document, linking the data in such a manner that any subsequent alterations to the underlying document or electronic notary certificate are observable through visual examination.

(e)  An image of the electronic notary's electronic seal shall appear on any visual or printed representation of the electronic notary certificate regardless of the technology being used to affix the electronic notary's electronic seal.

(f)  The perimeter of the electronic notary seal shall contain a border such that the physical appearance of the seal replicates the appearance of an inked seal on paper.

(g)  The electronic notary seal must have, within its border, the electronic notary's name exactly as commissioned, the words "Electronic Notary Public", the words "North Carolina" or "N.C.", and the county of commission including the word "County" or "Co.".


History Note:        Authority G.S. 10B-125(b); 10B-126(d); 47-16.5; 47‑16.7; 147-36; 15 USC 7002;

Eff. January 1, 2007;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. December 6, 2016.