ID Requirements

Satisfactory Evidence of Identity

Identification Documents

For an ID to be VALID it must be CURRENT and contain ALL of the following:

  • Photograph
  • Physical Description
  • Signature
  • Identifying Number

Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Government or state issued drivers license or ID card
  • A United States passport

In the event a signer does NOT have a valid ID, then the oath of two credible witnesses  may be used. The witnesses can not be related by blood, marriage or adoption, can not be a named agent or have a benefial interest in the document and must provide photo ID as specified above.

Please note:

Medical ID is not a valid form of identification.

Medical facilities generally do not allow staff members to act as a witness.

 

Per The California S.O.S. Notary Public Handbook

 

The identity of the signer can be established by the oaths of two credible witnesses whom the notary public does not personally know. (Civil Code section 1185(b)(2)) The notary public first must establish the identities of the two credible witnesses by the presentation of paper identification documents as listed above. Under oath, the two credible witnesses must swear or affirm that each of the following is true (Civil Code section 1185(b)(1) (A)(i)-(v)):

1. The individual appearing before the notary public as the signer of the document is the person named in the document;

2. The credible witness personally knows the signer;

3. The credible witness reasonably believes that the circumstances of the signer are such that it would be very difficult or impossible for the signer to obtain another form of identification;

4. The signer does not possess any of the identification documents authorized by law to establish the signer’s identity; and

5. The credible witness does not have a financial interest and is not named in the document being signed.

Civil Code 1185(b)(3) & (4)

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Medical ID is not a valid form of identification.

Please note: Medical facilities generally do not allow staff members to act as a witness.