AZ Senate Bill 1020

Law

State: Arizona
Signed: April 05, 2005

Effective: July 15, 2005
Chapter: 25

Summary

Senate Bill 1020 now permits use of passports for real estate conveyances and the financing of real estate only.

Affects

Amends Arizona Revised Statutes 41-311 and 41-351

Changes
  1. Expands the definition of satisfactory evidence of identity for traditional paper and electronic notarizations related to real estate conveyances and financings to include an unexpired U.S. passport or a passport from another national government if accompanied by a valid visa or other documentation establishing the person’s legal presence in the U.S.
Analysis

Existing Arizona law requires identification cards presented as satisfactory evidence of identity to be issued by the U.S. government or by a state or tribal government and contain a written physical description of the person, making it impossible to use U.S. passports (no physical description) and foreign passports (not issued by the U.S. government or by a state or tribal government) as identifying documents. Senate Bill 1020 now permits use of passports for real estate conveyances and the financing of real estate only, a definite plus for Arizona Notary Signing Agents. The change also affects electronic notarizations for the above-mentioned transactions as well. The requirement that foreign passports contain documentation to establish a person’s legal presence in the U.S. is a by-product of the state’s recent enactment of a ballot measure aimed at cracking down on persons who do not have legal permission to reside in the U.S.

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