Identification required for notarial services are the same for all 50 states, allowing the use of driver’s licenses, state ID cards, etc., but prohibiting the use of school ID cards, birth certificates, and similar forms of identification. Clients seeking notarial services must bring at least one form of accepted identification.
Accepted forms of identification for having notarial services performed include the following:

  •     State-issued driver’s license
  •     State-issued identification card
  •     U.S. military identification card
  •     Resident alien identification card (green card)
  •     U.S. passport

Unaccepted forms of identification may include the following:

  •     Birth certificates
  •     Social security cards
  •     School identification cards
  •     Credit cards
  •     Debit cards

Checking and verifying the signer’s identify is critical step in performing a notarial service. Some people may view it as a nuisance, but it’s performed to safeguard against fraud. So the next time you need a document notarized, remember to bring one of the accepted forms of identification mentioned above.