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Can I Accept A Signer ID With An Outdated Address?

New Hotline Resized 3The address listed in the driver's license is not the signer's current address. Can I proceed with the notarization?  J.D., California

Yes, though state law does not require you to record the address in your journal. However, as a standard of care, you can record the current address in your journal and make a note that it is different than that shown on the signer's driver's license.

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Reagan

15 Jul 2019

In Texas; you have 30 days to get an updated ID after moving. "Technically" after that time your id is no longer current. Therefore; I might have to refuse the notary depending on how long ago they moved.

MAURY

15 Jul 2019

If a person shows a passport for ID there is no address on that so why do you have to make any comment on an incorrect address on a drivers license

Phyllis Denison

15 Jul 2019

I often get called to the So. AZ Home for Veterans. I ask for the driver's license first, but often, these men and women no longer have a driver's license, or the one they have has expired. I then ask for the VA Photo ID. They all have that and I use that as the form of ID.

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