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Can I Accept A Foreign ID?

Are we able to notarize documents for a signer with a foreign ID, such as an Argentinian driver’s license or passport? R.W., Florida

An Argentinian driver’s license, no; an Argentinian passport, yes, if it meets the legal requirement. A Florida Notary is allowed to identify a signer with a foreign passport as long as the passport is 1) current, or if expired, issued within the past five years and 2) bears a serial or other identifying number.  In addition, a foreign passport must also be stamped by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The Argentinian driver’s license would not be acceptable, since the only foreign driver’s licenses that are acceptable are licenses from Mexico or Canada.

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Deanna Crichton

23 Feb 2017

Is CA the only state that changed the requirement for foreign passports so that the USCIS stamp is no longer required?

National Notary Association

01 Mar 2017

Hello. This was a state-specific change in California that took effect January 1.

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