Information on the generally accepted forms of identification (ID) for online notarizations.
For information about acceptable forms of ID for Form PS1583, please refer to the DMM 608 guidelines from the USPS.
🎯Primary Audience: Signers
Need to Know
This article aims to prepare signers to have proof of identification accessible that is accepted in various states. Acceptable IDs ultimately depend on the state in which the notary is commissioned. Unless you work directly with a notary known to you, you could be connected to a notary from any state.
Acceptable primary forms of ID may include
The photo IDs listed below are suggestions based on IDs that are frequently accepted as a primary form of ID, but requirements vary by state.
All IDs must include a photographic image of your face. Blurry photos of IDs are not acceptable. You will be asked to retake the photos if the ID is unclear.
- Driver’s license
- State ID card
- Passport Card
- Work permits
- Permanent resident card
Acceptable secondary forms of ID may include
If you've recently changed your name and it no longer matches the ID you're using for identity verification purposes, you must provide a secondary ID that reflects your new name. Your primary ID can have your former name as long as your secondary ID has your current name.
All secondary forms of ID must display your name (the signer's name):
- Social security card
- U.S. Govt., government-issued visa
- Birth certificate
- Non-U.S./Canadian driver's license
- Most recent, signed tax returns
- Property tax bill
- Voter registration card
- Organizational membership card
- Bank/investment/loan statements
- Paycheck stub with name
- Most recent W-2
- Proof of Insurance (homeowners, vehicle, or renters insurance)
- Recent utility bill
Not Accepted on the Notarize Platform
The Notarize platform does not accept expired IDs, regardless of state guidelines.
Military IDs & Inmate/Prisoner IDs
Due to constraints from our Credential Analysis vendor, Notarize cannot accept Inmate/Prisoner IDs or Military IDs (including dependent Military IDs).
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