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State of California

A notary public is required to certify the identity of the signer of the document. Identity is established if the notary public is presented with satisfactory evidence of the signer’s identity. 

Satisfactory Evidence

Identification must be current or issued within 5 years:

  • An identification card or driver’s license issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles;

  • A United States passport;​

The following forms of identification, provided that it also contains a photograph, description of the person, signature of the person, and an identifying number:

  • A valid consular identification document issued by a consulate from the applicant’s country of citizenship, or a valid passport from the applicant’s country of citizenship;

  • A driver’s license issued by another state or by a Canadian or Mexican public agency authorized to issue driver’s licenses;

  • An identification card issued by another state;

  • A United States military identification card (caution: current military identification cards might not contain all the required information);

  • An employee identification card issued by an agency or office of the State of California, or an agency or office of a city, county, or city and county in California;

  • An identification card issued by a federally recognized tribal government;

  • Oath of a Single Credible Witness; 

  • Oaths of Two Credible Witnesses