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Can Notaries Accept Foreign Passports As Identification?

New Hotline Resized 3Can I accept a foreign passport as proof of a signer’s identity? — T. A., Texas

Texas Notaries may accept a foreign passport only when notarizing a deed or other instrument relating to a residential real estate transaction (Civil Practices and Remedies Code 121.005[b][3]).

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