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Legislation Revises Documents Acceptable as Identification for Notaries

Tuesday, October 18, 2016  
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Assembly Bill 2566 (Nazarian), which revises the list of acceptable non-state and foreign-issued documents that notaries public may rely upon as evidence of a person’s identity, was signed into law by Governor Brown in September. Specifically, AB 2566 allows notaries to rely on a valid consular identification document issued by a consulate from the applicant’s country of citizenship, and a valid passport from the applicant’s country of citizenship. The requirement that the signing party in the notarization of a deed, quitclaim deed, deed of trust, or other document affecting real property, record his or her thumbprint in the notary journal remains unaffected by the new law.

The signing of AB 2566 follows on the heels of the enactment of Assembly Bill 60 in 2015, which requires the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to issue a driver’s license to an undocumented individual if that person provides satisfactory proof of his or her identity, including a non-expired consular identification card, and California residency.


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