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How to Pick the Right Engineer Stamp to Use

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Alabama Professional Engineer Stamp image on a file which is placed on a wooden surface.

Engineers use stamps to indicate the level of their qualifications on official documents. A stamp can certify that an engineer is fit to sign and seal plans, drawings and calculations. So, which stamp should you use? This blog post will help you pick the right engineer stamp or seal for your needs.

What is an engineering seal and what does it do?

If you've ever seen a professional engineer stamp on a drawing or document, you might have wondered what it stands for. PE stands for Professional Engineer, and to use the PE stamp, an engineer must be licensed by the state in which they practice. The professional engineer stamp is a way of indicating that an engineer has reviewed a document and found it to comply with all relevant codes and standards. In other words, when you see a PE stamp, you can be confident that the document has been thoroughly reviewed by a qualified professional to practice engineering work.

Who can use engineer seals?

Only licensed professional engineers can use an engineer stamp. In order to be licensed, engineers must pass a two-part exam administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). The first part of the exam covers general engineering principles, while the second part is specific to the engineer's area of practice. Once an engineer has passed the exams and been licensed by their state, they are eligible to use PE stamps.

When should a professional engineer seal be used?

Engineers should use their stamps on any documents that they have reviewed and found to be in compliance with all relevant codes and standards. This includes plans, drawings, calculations, and other engineering documents. By stamping a document, an engineer is certifying that they have reviewed it and found it to be complete and accurate and up with the state engineering laws.

What are the different types of professional engineer stamps?

There are two main types of professional engineer stamps: digital and physical. Digital engineer seals can be created using software, while physical stamps must be purchased from a supplier to be used on paper. The type of stamp you use will depend on your needs and preferences and state requirements. Digital seals are images that display the seal image but still need a digital certificate signed with digital signatures. Before making a purchase you may want to research the seal requirements for your state and you are using one that is approved by the state board.

How do I choose the right PE stamps or PE seals to purchase?

When choosing an engineer seal, there are several factors you should consider, including the type of document you'll be stamping, the frequency with which you'll be using the stamp, and your budget. If you're only going to be using the stamp occasionally, a self-inking stamp may be a good option. These stamps come with their own ink pad built in, so you don't need to worry about re-inking them after each use. If you plan on using the stamp more frequently, however, a pre-inked stamp may be a better choice. These stamps come pre-filled with ink, so you'll only need to re-ink them every few thousand uses. Pre-inked stamps also tend to produce a sharper impression than self-inking stamps. Another factor to consider is the size of the stamp. Products are available in a variety of sizes, from small and compact stamps such as slim stamps or the bigger self-inking stamps.

  • Consider the size of the engineering seal. Engineer stamps and seals come in a variety of sizes, from small hand stamps to large desk embossing stamps. Choose a size that will be appropriate for the documents you need to stamp.
  • Think about the type of ink you need. Engineer Seals can be purchased with either water-based (Self-Inking) or oil-based inks (Pre-Inked). Water-based inks are easier to clean up, but they may not provide as bold of an impression on your documents. Oil-based inks will provide a more bolder impression, but they can be more difficult to clean up.

  • Compare prices and reviews and select the right vendor. Once you've decided what you need to purchase, take some time to compare prices and reviews of different engineering stamps on the market. This will help you find the best value for your needs. Select a responsible company that will be reputable and has integrity and makes the seal to the state board requirements. Seal requirements are different across state boards.

  • Selecting the right stamp and seal vendor that follows the state requirements. Most states have certain regulations in place set by the state board. Some vendors will also guarantee that they follow the state board rules on the seal requirements. It is a great responsibility on selecting the right seal vendor.

With these tips in mind, you'll be able to choose the right engineering stamp for your business needs.

What should PE Stamps look like?

Seal requirements are different from state to state. A seal for Texas will look different from South Carolina or Florida. Typically the seals will have a licensed name that appears on your certificate along with a license number on the stamp. For example, some states like California allow for licensed engineers to include the expiration date or renewal date on the seal whereas other states prohibit this. Seal requirements typically are dictated by their respective boards on how the seal should look like.

Can a professional engineer stamp any drawings?

No, a professional engineer cannot stamp any drawings. The engineer is only able to put their stamp of approval on documents that they have worked on and are comfortable with putting their name behind. Engineers should feel confident in what is being stamped before putting their name on it.

Can an engineer just use a digital seal?

Some states allow for the use of digital seals, while others do not. If you are unsure, it is best to check with your state's engineering board to see if digital seals are allowed. Many times, a physical stamp will still be required in addition to the digital seal.

What are the different types of professional engineer seals and professional engineers stamps available on the market today?

There are a wide variety of products out on the market to place your name and license number on paper. Some products may not be available for some engineers due to state seal requirements.

Wood Handle Rubber Stamps

Wooden Handle Rubber Stamps are ideal for letting your clients know you mean business. These stamps have a quality black knob and a stained wood base for added comfort while stamping. The benefit of using a typical stamp is that it is cost-effective, allowing you to use more specialized inks, such as fast-drying inks, to stamp on Mylar. Wood Handle Engineer Rubber Stamps are the ideal way to make a statement whether you're an engineer or just someone who wants to stand out.


Self-Inking stamps are great products they are a convenient way to stamp your documents quickly and easily. These stamps come with an ink pad built in, so you don't need to worry about re-inking them after each use. Self-Inking Seals are available in a variety of sizes and ink colors, so you can find the perfect stamp for your needs. They work in more of a press and print manner. Self Inking Stamps will make about 5,000 to 10,000 imprints before you will need to add additional ink or replace the pad.


Pre-Inked Stamps offer you the opportunity to have a sharper and more consistent impression than a self-inking stamp. Pre-inked stamps are great products filled with ink, so you'll only need to re-ink them every few thousand uses. When you are ready to re-ink your stamp, simply add a few more drops of ink to the ink well.


An embosser is a device used to create a raised impression of your seal on paper. Embossers are available in a variety of sizes, so you can find the perfect one for your needs. Embossers are great products and a good way to make a professional statement on your documents.

Tips and tricks for getting the most out of your professional engineer stamp

Any licensed engineer knows the engineering stamp to be a valuable instrument. It may be used to authenticate papers, seal plans, and even compute figures. Fortunately, there are some simple methods and strategies that can help you get the most out of your seal.

First, make sure to use the correct ink. Some stamps require a special type of ink that is designed to dry quickly and resist smudging. Second, take care when storing yours. It should be kept in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Finally, don't forget to clean your engineer stamp regularly. A build-up of ink can cause the stamp to lose its precision over time. By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your engineer stamp will provide years of reliable quality stamping.

So there you have it – everything you need to know about engineer stamps! Whether you’re just starting out and need some guidance on choosing the right stamp for your needs, or you’re a seasoned pro who wants to make sure they’re using their stamp correctly, we hope this article has been helpful. At ESS, we want to make sure that our customers have everything they need to get the job done right, so be sure to check out our selection of Engineer Seals and great product accessories today. Thanks for reading!