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VA House Bill 189

Notary Law Update: VA House Bill 189

State: Virginia

Summary:

House Bill 189 allows a Notary to accept a U.S. passport book or card as identification and requires any ID presented to a Notary to be unexpired.

Signed:  March 01, 2016

Effective:  July 01, 2016

Chapter: 185

Affects:

Section 47.1-2 of the Code of Virginia

Changes:
  1. Clarifies that a U.S. passport book or passport card are acceptable IDs for the purposes of notarization
  2. Clarifies that any ID presented for notarization must be unexpired.
  3. Makes a technical non-substantive change.
Analysis:

House Bill 189 makes an important clarification in Virginia's Notary laws. It allows a U.S. passport book or card to be accepted as identification whereas before it wasn't clear whether a passport card was acceptable. Another important clarification HB 189 makes is that any ID presented to a Notary must be unexpired. Previously, a U.S. passport, certificate of U.S. citizenship or a certificate of naturalization were exempted from this requirement.

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