May 21, 2010

Notarizing Without ID

If you need a document notarized but are unable to produce identification or your identification has expired, California law allows your document to be notarized with the oath of two credible witnesses who possess identification. Under oath, the credible witnesses must swear or affirm under penalty of perjury to each of the following:

1. The individual appearing before the notary public as the signer of the document is the person named in the document;
2. The credible witness personally knows the signer;
3. The credible witness reasonably believes that the circumstances of the signer are such that it would be very difficult or impossible for the signer to obtain another form of identification;
4. The signer does not possess any of the identification documents authorized by law to establish the signer’s identity;
5. The credible witness does not have a financial interest and is not named in the document signed.

Once the two credible witnesses take the oath and produce identification your document can be notarized.

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