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Hotline Tip: Can I Accept A 'Matricula Consular' Card As Valid Identification?

NNA Hotline Tips For NotariesA couple recently came to me seeking to notarize a lien. They both have MatriculaConsular cards, and the wife has a Mexican Postal Employee ID that includes her eye color, hair color, issue date, photograph, signature, and expiration date. Can I use these as acceptable forms of identification? - M.E., Porterville, California

Neither the Matricula Consular nor the Mexican Postal Employee ID cards are acceptable forms of identification under California law. If your signers do not have a valid ID issued by a U.S. state or government agency, you can accept a Mexican driver’s license, or a Mexican passport, as long as it is stamped by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. The California Notary Public Handbook (page 8) has complete information regarding acceptable identification documents (available on the Secretary of State’s Web site at


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