Information on the generally accepted forms of identification (ID) for online notarizations.
🎯Primary Audience: Customers (Signers)
Need to Know
The purpose of this article is to prepare signers to have ID types that will be accepted in various states. Acceptable IDs ultimately depend on the state in which your notary is commissioned. Unless you work directly with a notary known to you, you could be connected to a notary from any state.
Note: A U.S. social security number is also required to verify identity. Read Knowledge-based Authentication (KBA) for more information.
|🚨 ID requirements vary by state. Notaries have access to specific requirements for the state in which they are commissioned.🚨|
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.
Note: Many states require the ID to be valid and unexpired. Our system only accepts unexpired IDs.
All IDs must include a photographic image of your face. Blurry photos of IDs are not acceptable. If the ID is not clear, you will be asked to retake the photos.
- Driver’s license
- State ID card
- Passport Card
- Work permits
- Permanent resident card
Note: Most states allow foreign IDs, but some states require the IDs listed above to be issued in the United States. If the state requires a U.S. government-issued ID, it is commonly acceptable to use an ID issued by any U.S. state or territory. Specific ID requirements depend on the state in which the Notary is commissioned. Notaries can view requirements for their state here.
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).
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
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