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Can I Accept A Hunting License As Proof Of Identity?

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I have a client who needs to have his signature notarized on an affidavit.  He is Amish and has no ID.  He does have a hunting license.  Can I use it?D.S., New Castle, Pennsylvania

Yes, provided the hunting license is current. Pennsylvania requires signers to present an ID that is current, issued by a government, bears a serial or identification number and contains a photograph, signature or physical description (57 PS 158.1). A Pennsylvania resident hunting license contains a signature and customer identification (CID) number, and is issued by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, a state government agency. Therefore, it meets the minimum requirements of the law.

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Teresa

05 Oct 2015

Gun permit is also exceptable in Pa.

ebtutman@tutman.com

05 Oct 2015

Is this true for the State of Maryland?

National Notary Association

06 Oct 2015

Hello. Maryland does not address specific forms of ID for notarization. The following recommendation is from the state Handbook for Notaries Public: "Satisfactory proof is that amount of proof which is sufficient to convince the notary public that the person making the acknowledgment is the person described in the document, and the one who executed it. A good rule for a notary public to follow would be to require such proof of identification as he or she would require to cash a very large check for that person."

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