June 16, 2009
Over the objection of the California Land Title Association, California Escrow Association, and the National Notary Association, AB 442 (Arumbula) recently passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 3-2 partisan vote. To date, the bill has passed out of its house of origin and policy committees on partisan votes, reflecting its controversial nature.
AB 442 would allow the use of the Matricula Consular identification card, created by the Mexican government, for notarization if the user lacks a California Drivers’ license or other similar photo ID card currently allowed under state law. The CLTA and other opposition groups are seeking a carve-out for real estate transactions from the bill, given the potential use of the document in fraudulent transactions. The CLTA will continue to lobby against this bill in its current form and seek a Governor’s veto if it is not amended.