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What are the seal requirements for Registered Architect in Florida?

You just received your license and you are now ready to get your seal but you want to make sure you know what is needed for registered architects to start sealing their plans and other architectural documents. Each registered architect in the state of Florida must use Florida architecture seals to stamp plans and other documents the architect has either created or directly supervised.

The Florida Legislature states in its 2015 Florida Statutes under Regulations of Professions and Occupations: Architecture, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture, by using the seal, the architect is agreeing that the documents are of a high standard indicating all essential parts.

Florida Architect Seal Requirments

Per state regulations, Florida architecture seals must be used to seal the following:

  • Drawings, including blueprints
  • Plans, including final
  • Specifications
  • Reports

By stamping the documents with Florida architecture seals, the board is able to identify the architect responsible for the work. It is a violation to alter any documents bearing the Florida architecture seals by anyone other than another registered architect. In the case of alteration, the architect making the changes must use his or her seal to stamp the document, sign, and date, and note in detail all integrations made. The board can then approve and track all changes regarding a structure.

No registered architect may ever use their seal on a document or set of plans they did not personally create or directly supervise. By using the seal, the architect is acknowledging responsible control over the project plans, including meeting state regulations and using the standard of care.

If a registered architect’s license expires or is suspended or revoked, the architect must cease use of it. According to Florida state law, the architect must surrender his or her seal to the board within 30 days and submit written confirmation of licensure suspension and electronic signature cancellation to the executive director. After the suspension ends, the architect will be reissued his or her seal.

Exceptions for Florida Architecture Seals

Florida architecture seals are not required for the plans for one-family or two-family residences regardless of cost. However, according to “A Building Official’s Guide to the Professional Practice of Architects and Engineers in Florida”, each building code official should check local ordinances. Due to wind load in the state of Florida, using a registered architect is advisable to certify calculations.

What is the design for Florida Architecture Seals?

According to Florida state regulations, each Florida architecture seal must be circular in shape with a 2” diameter. The outer ring is made in the design of a corded rope to border the seal. The top of the middle ring will read “State of Florida” with the bottom of the ring stating “Registered Architect”. The licensee’s name and licensure number will fill the inner circle of the seal with no additional letters or numbers.

Purchase Information for Florida Architecture Seals

Florida architecture seals come in different forms, however, according to authorities, the 2” embossed seal is required. The seals are also available as a rubber stamp and a pre-inked stamp. Depending on the vendor, the prices will vary for seals. Choose a vendor with an up-to-date design that offers a guarantee on the seals meets state requirements.

Engineer Seal Stamps.com carries Florida architecture seals and offers the guarantee of their seals meet Florida state requirements.

Architectural Documents Prepared with the Right Type of Seal

The Florida architect seal is available as a rubber stamp, self-inking stamp, and pre-inked stamps in both Slim and Maxlight models. You can also choose from a variety of embossing seals that raise the surface of the paper. Below are just a few of our most popular choices and meet the Florida Architect seal requirements.

Rubber Stamps

Rubber stamps are a convenient way for Florida architects to seal documents. They are available in different sizes, and the 2” size is the most popular. The rubber stamps have a raised design of the seal, and the architect can apply ink to the stamp and then press it onto the document. Rubber stamps do require the use of a separate ink pad. They are the perfect choice for the architect that needs to have reports prepared on mylar. You can use a rubber stamp with quick dry ink which is certainly a benefit to using this type of seal.

Self Inking Stamps

Another popular choice is a self-inking stamp. Self-inking stamps are a convenient way to add a professional touch to any document. Self-inking stamps have a built-in ink pad that is automatically replenished with each impression. Architect stamps provide a consistent and clean image, and they are ideal for use when needing to stamp several documents. These are perfect especially when you have one or more forms to seal as they act like a workhorse.


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Extended Long Reach Embossers

Extended long-reach embossing seals are a great choice for Florida architects who need to seal large documents and need to reach further into the page for certain architectural documents and other final construction documents. The extended long-reach seals have a longer insert piece that allows the user to reach across the document going up to approximately 4.5 inches into the page.

Not an Architect but need a Registered Interior Designer Seal?

The seal is different but the two professions do share a board and there is a dual seal setup that exists for the interior designer and architect. The good news is that we offer all of these different seal types. There is a category on our site that is geared just toward those who are a registered interior designer.

Benefits of Purchasing from ESS

There are a few places to purchase Florida architect seals. One option is Engineer Seal Stamps.com. They offer a variety of seal options, including rubber stamps, self-inking stamps, and pre-inked stamps. They also offer a guarantee that their seals meet Florida law and state board requirements. We also offer free eseals with the purchase of a physical stamp or seal that will allow you to seal electronically. That way you can start sealing electronically soon after your order is placed as these files are transmitted electronically.

About ESS

With a quick and easy online checkout experience, ESS is your one-stop shop for professional seals. Whether you're an architect, part of a large architectural practice or a company providing interior design services and in need of precision hand stamps or just looking to expand the reach of these seals and stamps that keep everything running smoothly from construction sites up north all across Canada - we have what it takes! Each state has distinctly different seals and different rules adopted so we keep track of each setup approved for use.

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