Seal of Florida

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Great Seal of the State of Florida
Seal of Florida.svg
Florida state coat of arms (illustrated, 1876).jpg
Armiger State of Florida
Adopted 1985
Motto In God We Trust
Earlier versions Florida-StateSeal.svg
Use Former Floridian state seal, used until 1985.

The Great Seal of the State of Florida is used to represent the government of the state of Florida, and for various official purposes, such as to seal official documents and legislation. It is also commonly used on state government buildings, vehicles and other effects of the state government. It also appears on the state flag of Florida.

The seal features a shoreline on which a Seminole woman is spreading hibiscus flowers. Two Sabal palms (Florida's state tree) are growing. In the background a steamboat sails before a sun breaking the horizon, with rays of sunlight extending into the sky. The seal is encircled with the words "Great Seal of the State of Florida", and "In God We Trust" (the state motto).

Use of the seal

The Florida Secretary of State is the official custodian of the seal.[1] Use or display of the seal must be for an official purpose and approved by the Florida Department of State.[1] One exception is that other Florida state or local agencies can use or display the seal for official business if approved by head of their agency.[2] Illegal use of the seal in Florida is a second-degree felony.[1]

Government seals of Florida

See also

The seal on a historical marker (Fernandina)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "". Retrieved September 3, 2013. External link in |title= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Rule 1-2.0021, Florida Administrative Code

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