Registration number 20070826G
This certifies that the heraldic arms of The City of Los Angeles, California are registered as an original design and are described by the blazon below
Founded in 1781, the municipality is the second largest city in the United States.
On March 27, 1905, City Ordinance 10,834 authorized and described the City Seal still being used today.
City of Los Angeles Ordinance 10,834 describes the city seal being used today. It explains that the lion and the castle are from the Arms of Spain and represent Los Angeles under Spanish rule from 1542-1821. The eagle holding the serpent is from the arms of Mexico and represents Los Angeles under Mexican rule from 1822-1846. The Bear Flag shows the California Republic of 1846. The stars and stripes indicate Los Angeles as an American city.
The arms and seal adopted in 1905 replaced an earlier city seal design in use since 1854. It included a cluster of grapes and leaves surrounded by the words "Corporation of the City of Los Angeles."