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California Notary Acceptable Identification

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California Notary Acceptable Identification

A California notary public can establish a signer’s identity using the following forms of identification. Keep in mind these forms of identification must either be current, or have been issued within the past 5 years.

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

  • A United States passport

  • An inmate identification card issued by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (if the inmate is in custody in California state prison)

  • Any form of inmate identification issued by a sheriff’s department (if the inmate is in custody in a local detention facility)

A California notary public may also rely on any one of the following forms of identification. These forms of ID must include a photograph, description of the person, signature of the person, and an identifying number.

  • A valid consular identification document issued by a consulate from the applicant’s country of citizenship, or a valid passport from the applicant’s country of citizenship

  • 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 (current military identification cards might not contain all the required information

  • 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

  • An identification card issued by a federally recognized tribal government

Be Prepared to Show Valid Identification

What happens if a signer doesn’t possess one of the forms of identification mentioned on this list? In that case, two credible witnesses will need to vouch for the signer.

Credible Witnesses

Credible witnesses must personally know the signer. In accordance with California law, these individuals are required to present a valid form of identification, take an oath, and sign the notary journal. A credible witness must neither be named in, nor benefit financially from the document being signed.

California Notary Acceptable Identification

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2017 Notary Public Handbook (Secretary of State)

Passport and American flag photograph by 27707.

Passports photograph by PublicDomainPictures.

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