Seal of Florida
|Great Seal of the State of Florida|
Historical coat of arms (1876)
|Armiger||State of Florida|
|Motto||In God We Trust|
|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 of Florida's state tree, the Sabal palm, 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".
Use of the seal
The Florida Secretary of State is the official custodian of the seal. Use or display of the seal must be for an official purpose and approved by the Florida Department of State. 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. Illegal use of the seal in Florida is a second-degree FELONY.
Government seals of Florida
Seal of the Florida House of Representatives
Seal of the Florida Senate
Seal of the Supreme Court of Florida
Seal of the Florida Department of Transportation
- "http://www.flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2013/15.03". Retrieved September 3, 2013.
- Rule 1-2.0021, Florida Administrative Code