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What ID Is Acceptable For A Signer In Jail?

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I am going to notarize documents for a person in jail. What form of ID may I accept from him? J.J., California

For incarcerated individuals you may accept any of the following IDs:

• California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) identification card for an inmate in custody in an institution in the state of California correctional system

• Any form of ID issued by a sheriff’s department for a prisoner in custody in a county jail or local detention facility.

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. – The Editors

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