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

There is reasonable reliance on any one of the following forms of identification, provided that it also contains a photograph, description of the person, signature of the person, and an identifying number

  • Foreign passport
  • An identification card issued by another USA state
  • A United States military identification card (caution: 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

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

PHONE NUMBER: (650) 427-9289 (call/text to schedule appointment)