CA Assembly Bill 2566


State: California
Signed: September 28, 2016

Effective: January 01, 2017
Chapter: 762


AB 2566 allows a Notary to accept a consular identification card and a foreign passport without further qualification.


Amends Section 1185 of the California Civil Code.

  1. No longer requires a foreign passport presented to a Notary as identification to be stamped by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
  2. Allows a valid, unexpired consular ID document issued by a consulate from the applicant's country of citizenship to be accepted by a Notary as satisfactory evidence of identity.

Assembly Bill 2566 expands the list of identification credentials a Notary may accept to include a consular identification card. It also removes the prior requirement that a foreign passport be stamped for entry into the United States by the USCIS. Now, any valid foreign passport may be presented to a Notary. Notaries must remember that these IDs are acceptable only if they are current or have been issued in the past five years, and contain a serial or other identifying number, photograph and description of the individual.

Read Assembly Bill 2566.