In the state of Florida, every professional engineer is required by law to have an embossed seal or a rubber stamp that they affix to any documents they file. Florida is actually quite a bit more flexible in its requirements than many other states, since as long as the seal conforms to the regulations that are established by the Board of Engineers in the state, the type of seal doesn’t much matter. You can use any Florida PE seals and stamps that will leave a permanent ink mark or other type of permanent representation on a hard copy document. Even the way your name appears on the seal has some flexibility. So, what exactly do you need to know to be compliant with the sealing requirements for engineers in Florida? Read on.
Florida PE Seals and Stamps
In the state of Florida, you can use either an embossing seal or a rubber stamp. It must be at least 1 7/8 inches in diameter. As we’ve stated, you can use any method that delivers a permanent ink representation. This means that you can even use a CAD generated seal on any of your hard copy documents. As Florida PE seals and stamps contain the required information, they are acceptable to the Board.
Again, unlike many other states, Florida offers flexibility. It does not require you’re your seal be identical to their suggested design – only that it is similar. As to the information provided on your seal, you can use your full name or the name of your company, or a combination of initials that represent your given name, as long as your surname as it was provided to the Board also appear both on the seal and in your signature.
If you are using a rubber stamp, the impression delivered to the document has to be opaque. But if you are using an embossing impression seal, or a CAD seal, as long as the seal complies with the other provisions stated above, the Board will also find this acceptable. These provisions also apply to temporary license seals.
Security is Important
One area in which the state of Florida will not cut you any slack at all is when it comes to the security of Florida PE seals or stamps. Keep them in a safe place so that they will not be lost or misappropriated. Your seal is your verification that all your work is up to acceptable standards, and if someone takes your seal and uses it, you could be held liable for any damage that results from the misuse of the seal. So make sure that you secure your manual seals, and if you’re using a CAD seal that your electronic security is intruder-proof.
If you do lose your Florida PE seals or stamps, or your security is breached, report it to the Board immediately. You will not be held liable for any misuse dating from the point after you reported the loss.
As we’ve stated, in Florida you have quite a bit of leeway when it comes to the ways in which you affix your seal or stamp to your engineering documents. Acorn Sales Company Incorporated offers a wide range of products that will help you to be compliant with Florida law, including:
- Soft seal embossers
- Handheld seal embossers
- Long reach seal embossers
- Desk seal embossers
- Extended long reach embossers
- Regular hand rubber stamps
- Slim pre-inked stamps
- Self-inking stamps
- MaxLight pre-inked stamps
- Any rubber stamp or embossing seal
If you would like more information, you can get it at the Florida Board of Professional Engineers website.