The following is a list of acceptable forms of ID:

    • An identification card or driver’s license issued by a state government.
    • A U.S. passport issued by the State Department of the United States.
    • A passport issued by a foreign government, provided that it has been stamped by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service or the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service.
    • An military identification card issued by any branch of the armed forces of the United States.

If any of the above forms of identification are not available, or it would be excessively difficult for the document signer to obtain them, notaries can use the oaths of a credible witness or two to satisfy notary identification requirements.

In California, the two individuals have to be over the age of 18, have valid identification ready for inspection and must swear or affirm under penalty of perjury that they personally know the signer. They will also need to be present at the time of witnessing and sign the notary journal.

In most other states the notary has to personally know a credible witness who then swears that they know the signer. At present only Arizona, California and Florida are a few of the states where the notary doesn’t have to personally know the credible witness.

Without a valid ID or a credible witness who the notary may or may not need to personally know it will not be possible to lawfully notarize a signature.



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