A Credible Identifying Witness (aka Credible Witness) is a method of identity verification whereby a witness validates another person's identity.
Notarize uses Credible Witness as one method of identity proofing. The methods available for verifying a signer's identity vary, depending on the state in which the Notary is commissioned.
A Credible Witness is used when the signer does not have a U.S. Social Security Number and, therefore, cannot generate Knowledge-based Authentication (KBA) questions.
A Credible Witness must verify their identity in place of the Signer by:
- Providing a valid U.S. Social Security Number.
- Submitting an ID that passes Credential Analysis.
- Passing the Knowledge-based Authentication (KBA) questions.
- Visually and verbally affirm they can vouch for the Signer’s identity once in the meeting.
- A Credible Witness must join using a separate device from the signer, even if co-located.
- A Credible Witness cannot use a mobile phone to join the meeting:
- The witness must use a desktop or laptop computer because they must see the signer’s video feed to affirm their identity.
- A Credible witness must pass KBA and Credential Analysis before joining the meeting:
- When they join the meeting, they can view the video feeds but cannot access any documents or tools.
Note: After swearing the oath or affirmation, the Credible Witness may exit the meeting.
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- Notaries: Credible Witness Process for Notaries
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- Real Estate: Use a Credible Witness for Real Estate Transactions