Requirements For Notarizations
So, what’s considered an “acceptable” form of identification when seeking the services of a notary public?
Acceptable Forms of ID for Notary Services
Every signer must show valid (not expired) photo identification. All identification must contain a photo, a physical description, a signature and a serial number. Arizona recognizes the following types of identification if issued within the last 5 years:
- State-issued driver’s license
- State-issued identification card
- U.S. military identification card
- Resident alien identification card
- U.S. Passport
Unacceptable Forms of ID for Notary Services
Each signer must present a current (not expired) picture identity card. All forms of identification must include a photograph, a physical description, a signature, and a unique serial number. The following kinds of identification are accepted in Arizona.
- Birth Certificates
- Social Security Cards
- Credit Cards
- Debit Cards
Notary Witnesses Must Sign an Affidavit
Verifying and confirming the identity of the signer is a critical step in conducting a notarial service. While some may consider it an inconvenience, it is crucial to prevent against fraud. Therefore, the next time you want a document to be notarized, bring one of the approved forms of identification listed above.