VA House Bill 189


State: Virginia
Signed: March 01, 2016

Effective: July 01, 2016
Chapter: 185


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.


Section 47.1-2 of the Code of Virginia.

  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.

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.

Read House Bill 189.