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Can I accept a Permanent Resident Card as signer ID?

Are permanent resident cards a valid form of ID? I assume it falls under “an identification card issued by a federally recognized tribal government.” — K.Q., California

No, a permanent resident card (also called “green card”) is not a valid form of ID that California Notaries may accept. A permanent resident card is not issued by a federally recognized tribal government.  Rather, it is issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The only time a green card may be accepted by Notaries is if the notarization meets the highly unusual circumstances and very narrow requirements of Government Code 8230.

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