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AZ Senate Bill 1020

Notary Law Update: AZ Senate Bill 1020

State: Arizona

Summary:

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

Signed:  April 05, 2005

Effective:  July 15, 2005

Chapter: 25

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.

Read the bill text.

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