Hotline Tip: Can I Accept A Matricula Consular Card As Valid Identification?

A couple recently came to me seeking to notarize a lien. They both have Matricula Consular cards, and the wife has a Mexican Postal Employee ID that includes her eye color, hair color, issue date, photograph, signature, and expiration date. Can I use these as acceptable forms of identification? - M.E., Porterville, California

Neither the Matricula Consular nor the Mexican Postal Employee ID cards are acceptable forms of identification under California law. If your signers do not have a valid ID issued by a U.S. state or government agency, you can accept a Mexican driver’s license, or a Mexican passport, as long as it is stamped by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.

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