Requirements For Notarizations 

what qualifies as a "valid" form of identification when in need of the services of a notary public?

Acceptable Forms of ID for Notary Services

Each individual signing must display current (non-expired) photo identification. All forms of identification must incorporate a photograph, a physical description, a signature, and a serial number. In Arizona, the subsequent forms of identification are accepted, provided they were issued within the last 5 years:

  • State-issued Driver’s License
  • State-issued Identification Card
  • U.S. military Identification Card
  • Resident Alien Identification Card
  • U.S. Passport

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Unacceptable Forms of ID

Every signer is required to furnish a valid (non-expired) photo identification card. All types of identification must contain a photo, a physical description, a signature, and a distinctive serial number. The following varieties of identification are recognized in the state of Arizona:

  • Birth Certificates
  • Social Secuirty Cards
  • Credit Cards
  • Debit Cards
  • School Identification Cards
  • Library Cards
  • Marrige Certificates

Notary witness must sign an Affidavit

An important aspect of performing notarial services is confirming and ensuring the signer's identity. While this step might seem a bit inconvenient to some, it's absolutely necessary to safeguard against fraudulent activities. So, remember to have one of the accepted types of identification mentioned above with you the next time you require a document to be notarized.