Acceptable ID's


For notarizations in the State of California, an ID must be current or have been issued sometime in the last 5 years. The ID should have the exact name, or a longer version of the name, that appears in the document being signed. If there is a suffix in the name (i.e., Jr., III, IV, etc.), that should be reflected on both the ID and documents. The following types of identification can be used during your appointment:

  • Driver’s license or ID card issued by the California DMV
  • US Passport
  • Inmate ID card issued by the California Dept of Corrections (only if in custody)

Other types of ID are also acceptable, but these must contain a photograph of the signer, their physical description, a signature of that person, and an identifying number. They include:

  • Driver’s license or ID card issued by any US state
  • Passport issued by a foreign government and stamped by the INS or the USCIS
  • Driver’s license issued by a Canadian or Mexican Public Agency authorized to issue driver’s licenses
  • US Military Identification Card
  • Employee ID card issued by an agency or office of the State of California, or by an agency or office of a city, county, or city and county in California

Only one form of ID is required for the appointment. But having two on hand, if available, is always better. If you do not have any of the above mentioned types of ID, please click HERE to learn about using Credible Witnesses.