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How Do I Notarize For A Minor With No ID?

New Hotline Resized 3A customer is requesting a notarization for a minor who does not have valid identification. Can the notarization be performed? If it can, what would be acceptable identification? J. E., Washington

If the minor doesn’t have valid identification, the next option would be to use a credible witness who provides a passport, driver’s license, or government issued nondriver ID, which is current or expired by not more than three years, or another form of governmental ID which is current or expired by not more than three years, contains the signature or a photograph of the individual, and is satisfactory to you as the Notary (RCW 42.45.050[2][b]).

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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13 Sep 2018

I called the hotline last month for something similar, however, I'm in the State of South Carolina. I had a signer/Principal who was of Sound Mind and of age to sign on his own behalf, however, one of the other persons he could find that could identify him was his 17-year-old nephew. It turned out that here in SC (not providing legal advice or advisement) the nephew COULD in fact sign an affidavit, first with the notary ensuring that they knew what they had in front of them.

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