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May I Use Credible Witnesses To Identify A Grant Deed Signer?

New Hotline Resized 3I have been asked to notarize a grant deed for a signer who does not have valid ID. Her passport expired more than 5 years ago, and she is unable to locate her driver’s license. Can I use 2 credible witnesses if I do not know the signer? K.V., California

Yes.  According to California Civil Code section 1185, when a signer is unable to present reliable ID cards, that signer may be identified on the oath or affirmation of 2 credible witnesses who present state-approved identification.

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Mabel James

31 Oct 2018

Where do I get a grant deed form?

National Notary Association

31 Oct 2018

Hello. We would recommend you contact a real estate professional for assistance.

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