WA Administrative Rule (2015) | NNA
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WA Administrative Rule (2015)

Notary Law Update: WA Administrative Rule (WSR 15-08-010)

State: Washington

Summary:

A new permanent administrative rule broadens the definition of satisfactory evidence of identity to allow passports and tribal identification documents to be presented to a Notary.

Signed:  March 23, 2015

Effective:  April 23, 2015

Chapter: N/A

Affects:

Amends Washington Administrative Code Section 308-30-155

Changes:
  1. Allows a Notary to accept an unexpired passport containing an individual's photograph and signature issued by either the U.S. Department of State or a foreign government which is recognized by the U.S. Department of State as identification for a notarial act.
  2. Allows a Notary to accept a tribal identification document with an individual's photograph, signature and physical description as identification for a notarial act.
Analysis:

The Washington state definition of satisfactory evidence is broadened to allow passports and tribal IDs to be presented for verification of identity to a Notary. The current definition allows Notaries to accept a current document issued by a federal or state government that includes a photograph, signature and physical description. This definition was not broad enough to allow Notaries to accept passports, a very common form of ID, and it made it difficult for a citizen of another country to access the services of a Washington Notary. The new permanent rule also now allows a Notary to accept an identification document issued by a tribal government, provided the ID contains a photograph, signature and physical description. The U.S. Government website www.usa.gov has a listing of all current federally-recognized tribal governments in the United States.

Read the text of the administrative rule.

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