The principal or subscribing witness must appear in person before the notary during the notarial act.
What Identification is required for notarization? Each signer must present with at least one of the forms of ID listed below. The ID must be current or, if expired, have been issued within the last 5 years; contain the signer’s photograph, personal description, and signature; and bear a serial or other identifying number (Civil Code, Section 1185).
Acceptable Forms of Identification Include:
- Driver’s License or Non-Driver’s ID card issued by a U.S. state.
- U.S. passport (physical description not required).
- U.S. Military Identification Card that contains all required elements stated above, (The Common Access Card, CAC, is not acceptable).
- Driver’s License issued in Mexico.
- Driver’s License issued in Canada.
- Foreign passport that has been stamped by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Unacceptable Forms of Identification Include:
- Matricula Consular Card
- Medicare Cards
- Student Identification
- Gym Membership Card
- Social Security Cards
- Temporary Driver’s Licenses
- Driver’s Licenses without photographs
Customary is the cursive version of the name of the signer or a mark made by the signer with the intention of authenticating the document.