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May I Accept A Copy Of An ID As Proof Of Identity?

New Hotline Resized 3Can a Notary accept a photocopy of a valid ID as identification? — D.B., California

No. A Notary may rely only on original identification documents to identify signers.

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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