While the state of Rhode Island may be modest in size, the size of their rulebook is still quite thick. When it comes to the chapter regarding architects and designers, the rules are very clear. Anyone in the state who wishes to practice structural design must use either a rubber architectural seal stamp or embossing sticker that meets the following guidelines:
- The entire Rhode Island architectural seal stamp or embossed sticker must be 1-½" in diameter and consist of two concentric circles with the inner circle measuring 1-1/8" in diameter.
- In the outer circle at the top, the name of the architect should appear.
- The Rhode Island state seal must appear in the center of the seal along with the architect's registration number. The number needs to be prefaced with the prefix (No.) and can be set to either side of the state seal.
- Beneath the state seal, inside the inner circle, just above the outer circle, the word “Registered” should be listed, and then in the bottom half of the outer circle, it must say “Architect”.
Guidelines for Using a Rhode Island Architectural Seal Stamp
When an architect becomes registered in the state of Rhode Island, they are given permission to purchase a Rhode Island architectural seal stamp or embossing press to use as part of the requirements of their job, with the provision that they maintain a good standing on their fees and registration with the board. As a requirement, they must use their Rhode Island architectural seal stamp or embossing press as part of their sign of approval and authentication on all work that they do. Any plans that they complete, or that they personally oversee should be both sealed and signed by them. Should they apply their architectural seal, or allow anyone else apply their seal to work they did not do, or oversee, they or both may face criminal charges, which could include the revoking of their license in the state.
Electronic Alternatives to Using a Rhode Island Architectural Seal Stamp
Unlike other states, there are no legal provisions for using a digital architectural seal in place of one created by a Rhode Island architectural seal stamp. However, a clear facsimile of an architectural seal created from an authentic stamp, that is then signed by hand by the architect may be allowed. It must still be attached to all of the documents that a regular seal stamp would be applied to. Electronically captured or printed signatures are inadmissible, as well as photographed then printed copies of Rhode Island architectural seal stamps; it must be a clear facsimile (copied with a scanner and printed, or faxed) per the letter of the law.
Where and How to Obtain a Rhode Island Architectural Seal Stamp
Rhode Island, like most other states, does not have a specific source that it requires architects and other designers to obtain their seal stamps from. There are many resources for obtaining them from online, either from bulk general retailers, or from specialized retailers like Engineer Seal Stamps.com. The advantage of going with a retailer like the latter is that you can find a good selection of Rhode Island architectural seal stamps and embossers, without having to wade through a lot of irrelevant listings. They offer pre-inked, self-inking, and basic hand rubber stamp seals for those looking for the very best and most essential in their sealing supplies. For those wanting an embosser, instead of a standard Rhode Island architectural seal stamp, they offer a nice selection of short and long handled embossers to meet anyone's needs and comforts.