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May I Accept A Military ID For A Notarization?

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I wanted to know if a military ID is an acceptable form of identification for a notarization? There isn’t an expiration date, so I wasn’t sure how to document it.L.R., California

A U.S. military ID may be used, as long as it is current or issued in the past five years and contains an identifying number and the photograph, signature and physical description of the bearer. Many of the newer military IDs (Geneva Convention Cards) have a date at the top of the card. This date is the expiration date. If there is an issuance date in the last five years, it is acceptable without an expiration date.

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John Axt

20 Nov 2017

While, depending on your states requirements, a military ID can be used, it is NOT legal to make a copy of that ID. Copies can only be made for certain reasons.

Jon Parker

20 Nov 2017

I think you should clarify use as a form of identification validation, and making a copy to provide as a package deliverable. It was my understanding making copies was prohibited.

02 Jan 2018

I recently had a duress situation in which I felt it necessary to make a copy of the 93-year-old signer's ID, for her protection. I already had the understanding to copy the Military ID was illegal, however, just so the relatives would not state later that the signer did not have ID, I felt I had to do this.

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