October 20, 2009
AB 442 (Arumbula), legislation on Matricular Consular identification, was one of a group of bills vetoed by the Governor this past weekend. The veto was a result of concerns raised by the California Land Title Association and other associations representing escrow and notary professionals.
AB 442 was a controversial measure that would have allowed the use of the Matricula Consular identification card, created by the Mexican government, for notarization if the person lacked a California Drivers’ license or other similar photo ID.
The CLTA and other groups opposed to the bill originally sought a carve-out for real estate transactions from the bill, given the potential use of the document in fraudulent transactions. Unfortunately, the author of the bill rejected the amendments, forcing the CLTA to seek a veto of the bill. The CLTA opposed AB 442 and was joined by the California Escrow Association and the National Notary Association. These joint efforts were helpful in convincing Governor Schwarzenegger to veto the bill.