Forms of Acceptable Identification

Identification is always required: Identity of the signer can be established by the notary public’s reasonable reliance on the presentation of any one of the following documents, if the identification document is current or has been issued within five years (Civil Code section 1185(b)(3) & (4)):

  • An identification card or driver’s license issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles;

  • A United States passport;

  • Other California-approved identification card, consisting of any one of the following, provided that it also contains a photograph, description of the person, signature of the person, and an identifying number;

  • A passport issued by a foreign government, provided that it has been stamped by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service or the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services;

  • A driver’s license issued by another state or by a Canadian or Mexican public agency authorized to issue driver’s licenses;

  • An identification card issued by another state;

  • A United States military identification card with the required photograph, description of the person, signature of the person, and an identifying number. (Some military identification cards do not contain all the required information;

  • An inmate identification card issued by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, if the inmate is in custody;

  • An employee identification card issued by an agency or office of the State of California, or an agency or office of a city, county, or city and county in California;

  • OR

  • Two credible witnesses that personally know the signer in the case where the document signer lacks ID. The credible witnesses cannot be named in the document and cannot have financial interest in the document. Both credible witnesses must have proper ID.

* We require everyone to leave a fingerprint & signature in our journals.

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