California ID for Notarization - Notary Public OC

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California ID for Notarization

  • Identification Card or Driver's License that is issued by the California DMV.

  • United States Passport or valid Foreign Passport

  • Other CA-approved ID cards that must contain a photograph, description and signature of the person along with an identifying number with the exception of item listed  below, “Inmate Identification Item:”
    • Consular ID (Must be current or issued within the last 5 years),
    • Driver's license issued by another state, Canadian or Mexican public agency authorized to issue driver's licenses;
    • ID card issued by another state;
    • US Military ID card,
    • An inmate card issued by the CA Dept. of Corrections, if the inmate is in custody.
    • An inmate identification item that is current or has been issued within 5 years by a sheriff’s department, and the inmate is in custody in a local detention facility.
    • An 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 the state of California.


  1. Signatures to be notarized must be original signatures. Documents that have faxed or stamped signatures cannot be notarized by a State of California Notary Public.
  2. California law allows “signature by mark” and makes provision for those who have misplaced their IDs.  Call for additional details.
  3. ID may also be established  via the testimony of Two Credible Witnesses in the state of California who have the proper California designated ID. Please call for additional information.
  4. California Notary Publics are not lawyers and are prohibited from giving legal  advice.

Signers must be able to communicate with notary in English without an interpreter.
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