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Can I accept a Mexican passport as proof of identity?

In Texas, can we accept a passport from Mexico in order to perform a notarization?A. B., Texas

Yes you may, but only when notarizing a deed or other instrument relating to a residential estate transaction  (Texas Civil Practices and Remedies Code 121.005[b][3]).

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Gely McGovern

10 Aug 2020

Can I accept a Mexican passport as ID to perform an affidavit in Michigan?

National Notary Association

11 Aug 2020

Hello. No, Michigan requires that a signer ID must be a current license, identification card, or record issued by a federal or state government that contains the person’s photograph and signature (MCL 55.285[6]).

Susanne Dullack

10 Aug 2020

Keeping up with rules and reminders of things maybe forgotten

Gely McGovern

11 Aug 2020

I am confused, on the Michigan Notary Primer, page 12 states that US and foreign passports can work as identification documents.

National Notary Association

11 Aug 2020

Hello. According to the Michigan Secretary of State's Notary manual, a signer mus provide "a valid driver license, passport or other pictured state/federal issued personal identification card." (https://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633_95527_95529_95663-509836--,00.html#NotPubReq)

Gely McGovern

11 Aug 2020

I am confused, on the Michigan Notary Primer, page 12 states that US and foreign passports can work as identification documents.

National Notary Association

13 Aug 2020

Hello Gely. We contacted our NNA Hotline Counselors to ask for clarification about the question of Michigan's identification rules. According to the Hotline team, since Michigan's law is worded so it does not specify the U.S. federal government only regarding IDs, and federal governments of other countries have the power to issue passports, a Mexican passport could be accepted by a Michigan Notary as ID in this situation. We apologize for any confusion on this issue and hope this clarifies the situation. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

Gely McGovern

13 Aug 2020

Thank your for reviewing the wording of the law. We also have a debate in our office. When a passport is issued, it follows a verification of identity process and even USCIS and ICE accept a foreign passport as ID.

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