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Requirements For Notarizations

So, what’s considered an “acceptable” form of identification when seeking the services of a notary public?

Notarization Passport
Proof of Identity for Notary Documents

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

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

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.

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