Identification Requirements

The state of California has specific requirements regarding the identifications each signer must present to the notary public.

All signers must appear before notary with valid form of identification.

Some examples listed below for your reference.

California recognizes the following types of identification as valid if it is unexpired or issued within the last 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

The following identifications must be current, issued in the last five years and contain the person’s photograph, description, signature, and serial number

  • Foreign passport with USA immigration stamp
  • An identification card issued by another USA state
  • A United States military identification card
  • 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

Please feel free to call us if you have any questions on the signer’s identification that we can accept.