ID Required for California Notary Stamp

California Notary Stamp


o get a California notary stamp on your documents, you have to meet very specific ID requirements. It’s a short list of IDs that we are allowed to use to verify your identity for a notary.

The general ID characteristics are:

-It must be current or issued in the last 5 years.

-It must have an identifying number, or serial number.

-It must contain your photo and a physical description.

-It must contain your signature.

-Your name on the ID must match your name on the document.*

*This one can be tricky if you have just gotten married or divorced, or your name is mis-spelled, either on your ID or in the document itself.

Acceptable IDs for a Notary Public Stamp

-US Passport book or card

-Foreign passport, endorsed by USCIS

-CA Driver’s License, ID or Senior ID issued by CA DMV

-Other state driver’s license or ID

-Mexico or Canada Driver’s License

-CA State employee ID card

-Employee ID from any city/county within CA

-US military ID (only if it includes signature)

-Inmate ID issued by California Department of Corrections

We CANNOT Accept:

-Expired ID, unless it was issued in the last 5 years

-Birth certificates

-Social security cards

-Credit cards

-Temporary driver’s license

-Any acceptable ID where the name does NOT match the document

If You're Not Sure.....

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…just give us a call, during business hours, and we’ll walk through your questions. We want to make sure that you bring everything you need so that we can complete your document notarization in one trip.

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