A company seal is a design used to emboss a document with a company’s serial number and name to make an impression of validity. Many companies use a company seal as a sign of legal authenticity of the documents that it issues to people. Company seals are mostly used when the company is issuing highly important legal bidding documents.
Designing a company seal
The design of a company seal can be done in-house or it can be outsourced to seal making companies. The company needs to supply the seal designer with the registration number or serial number of the company, along with the name of the company. The company seal does not have to appear as a whole in the seal. Acronyms or a single word can be embossed in the seal.
Uses of the company seal
Although it is not mandatory to use a company seal, many companies still opt to use seals as a way of endorsing documents. Seals are largely affixed on documents which are termed to be of great legal significance. As such, a company uses the seal when entering into contracts with other parties for matters related to the business. Seals are also used by companies to endorse lease agreements, deeds, shareholder certificates and other documents deemed to be of great importance between the company and the recipients.
As opposed to earlier seals, modern seals are not bulky as they do not contain wax. Formally, documents were embossed with wax stamps to leave an impression of the seal. Modern seals are made from brass nameplates clamps engraved with the pertinent company details. The seal is not necessarily coloured unlike the former seals which had a red wax colour. However, the colour in company seals is important so that the seal mark is visible in the photocopies of the embossed documents.
The use of wafer shapes has remained since the introduction of the first seals. Any document showing a wafer shape has come to be recognised as a valid and legally bidding document.
Company seals will stay on
Despite seals not being a mandatory thing to have, all companies seem to buy from this old method of embossing documents with seals. It gives the impression of elegance while still expressing a strong message of authenticity to a document.