Notary Bulletin Hotline Tip: How Do I Identify A U.N. Official Or Other Foreign Signers For A Notarization? By NNA Staff on August 22, 2011 in Hotline Tips What type of identification should I ask for if I am notarizing a document for a U.N. official? - D.A., New York, New York Identification standards are established in state statutes and generally are the same for all signers, no matter their nationality. New York State requires a Notary either to personally know the signer, or have satisfactory evidence of a signer’s identity; however, it does not specifically define satisfactory evidence (Real Property Law, Section 303). No matter what state you are commissioned in, knowledge of your state’s satisfactory evidence laws along with familiarity of the components of an acceptable ID will go a long way. In any state, the best IDs — whether foreign or domestic — have three components: Photograph Signature Physical description Generally, reliable forms of identification include: A driver’s license or non-driver ID from any U.S. state U.S. and foreign passports U.S. military ID Permanent resident card (or ‘green card’) issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Confronted with a tricky notarization? Unsure how to proceed? NNA members have unlimited access to our expertly trained NNA Hotline counselors to help you with all of your notarial questions. Call (888) 876-0827, Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST; Saturday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST Email Share Leave a Comment Required * Name * Email *(for verfication purposes only) Comment * Enter the text shown in this image *(text is case sensitive)All comments are reviewed and if approved, will display.