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In Korea, a registered seal impression and Certificate of Seal Impression are necessary to carry out financial transactions (sales of real estate, bank loan, etc.). The seal used for such transactions must be identical with the registered seal. The seal protects its owner's legal rights and property. Only one seal can be registered and the seal cannot be replicated. Loss and negligence of the registered seal can incur serious consequences. Seals should not be lent carelessly. Foreigners can carry out business in Korea by owning registered seals. Foreigners residing in Yongsan-gu register their seals at Civil Service Information Division. (Civil Service Information Division is located on the first floor of Yongsan-gu Office; Telephone: 02-710-3301)
 
Registration of a seal impression
Materials necessary for registration of a seal impression
① Certificate of Alien Registration
② Passport
③ Seal (width and length of the seal have to be more than 7mm and less than 30mm)
Location: gu office in your district
Fee: none
 
Changing registered seal impression
Materials necessary for registration of a seal impression
① Certificate of Alien Registration
② Passport
③ Seal (width and length of the seal have to be more than 7mm and less than 30mm)
Location: gu office in your district
Fee: KRW 600
 
Restrictions
Restrictions image Width and length of the seal have to be more than 7mm and less than 30mm
Seals should not be made of materials that give varying impressions such as copper or rubber.
The name on the seal must be identical with the name on Certificate of Alien Registration. Transcription of the name in Korean is acceptable.
In principle, only the characters of the name in Certificate of Alien Registration are allowed on the seal. Company name or job titles such as CEO, lawyer, etc. are not allowed.(Article 10-3, Enforcement Decree of Act on Certification of Registered Seal Impression)
 
Applying for issuance of Certificate of Seal Impression
In person
① Where to apply: city, county, gu offices or dong Community Service Center throughout the nation
② What to bring: Certificate of Alien Registration
③ Fee: KRW 600 per copy
By proxy
① Where to apply: city, county, gu offices or dong Community Service Center throughout the nation
② What to bring
Proxy(stamped with the seal of the mandatory)
 
Certificate of Alien Registration
ID of the proxy
ID of the proxy
※ Proxy for Issuance of Certificate of Seal Impression
The column for the proxy's seal must be filled by a seal (signature is not allowed)
In the column for the date, the date the proxy was commissioned by the mandatory is entered.
※ Foreigners, whose stay in Korea has expired, cannot get Certificate of Seal Impression issued.
※ Registration of seals is not accepted in the following cases:
When seals are made of materials that give varying impressions such as copper or rubber.
When seals are smaller or bigger than accepted size (width and length of the seal have to be more than 7mm and less than 30mm)
When a minor tries to register a seal without consent of legal representative
When wear and tear of the seal to be registered is extreme. (Article 10, Enforcement Decree of Act on Certification of Registered SealImpression)

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