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Acceptable Forms of ID


If you are planning to have documents Notarized, you will need to have a valid form of identification with you. This Blog will give you all of the information on what types of identification are acceptable in California.


All of the below forms of ID must be current OR issued in the last 5 years. In California, all forms of valid ID must include an identifying number and the photograph, signature and a physical description of the signer to be acceptable.

  • A California driver’s license or ID

  • A U.S. passport (or passport card)

  • An inmate identification card issued by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation if the inmate is in prison or any form of inmate identification issued by a sheriff’s department if the inmate is in custody in a local detention facility

  • A driver’s license or official ID issued by a U.S. state

  • A Canadian or Mexican driver’s license issued by an appropriate public agency

  • A U.S. military ID

  • A valid foreign passport from the applicant’s country of citizenship

  • An employee ID issued by an agency or office of the state of California or a California city, county, or city and county

  • An identification card issued by a federally-recognized tribal government

  • A valid consular identification document issued by a consulate from the applicant’s country of citizenship that meets specific requirements.



If the signer does not have a valid ID from the list above, the below options are available;

  • The oath or affirmation of one credible witness, personally known to the Notary AND signer, identified by valid form of ID.

  • The oath or affirmation of two credible witnesses not personally known to the Notary and identified by valid form of ID.


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