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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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Anthony DICICCIO, EA

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.

Marilyn Roldan

13 Oct 2021

Can an Illinois notary sign Real Estate documents for another State where the house is being sold. The seller can not travel to Florida to sign in person?

National Notary Association

15 Oct 2021

Based on what you’ve described, we think it would be best if you contacted our Hotline team by phone and provided them with a more detailed description of the situation. The NNA Hotline: 1-888-876-0827 Mon – Fri: 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (PT) Saturday: 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (PT) If you’re not an NNA Member or Hotline Subscriber, they will provide you with a one-time courtesy call.

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