Notaries Through History - France - 1706

We will continue to celebrate National Notary Day throughout the week with a short fun fact each day!

Some historians believe that the tradition of affixing a notary seal to documents can, in part, be traced back to King Louis XIV of France.

In 1706, he passed a law requiring all notaries in France to obtain their own notarial seal containing the royal arms and affix it to each notarial act they performed. Prior to this mandate, French notaries had to obtain the seal of the court to whose jurisdiction they were attached.

Notary seals go back to the Middle Ages with the monks who were scribes and had to imprint documents with seals or rings to signify authentic and important documents.