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Notary Bulletin

Is a hospital wristband an acceptable form of ID?

Is a hospital wristband an acceptable form of signer ID for a notarization?T. H., Colorado

In Colorado, a Notary Public can only accept government issued IDs that are current or expired not more than one year and contain either the signature or photograph of the individual; and are satisfactory to the notary. Since we do not know who issued the hospital wristband or if it contains a signature or a photograph, we can’t say for sure. Most hospital wristbands do not fall within these guidelines and thus would not be a valid form of identification. 

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30 May 2021

I have received in the mail another invoice for my memebership dues. I sent in my dues of $69.00 on 4/1/21. My check was cashed by the NNA for which I have the canceled check. Please advise Anthony DiCiccio, EA

National Notary Association

07 Jun 2021

Hello. Thank you for contacting us. We've forwarded your message to our Customer Care team and someone should contact you shortly to address this issue.

Artur Oktanyan

01 Jun 2021

Honestly, you need to post more complex questions and answers. If a notary has to ask this simple questions, then they have have already failed as a notary.

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