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Can Notaries accept a Mexican passport as proof of a signer's identity?

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A client of mine said his wife does not have a driver’s license but does have a Mexican passport. Is this acceptable ID?E. F., Wisconsin

In the state of Wisconsin, you can accept a foreign passport which is current or expired not more than 3 years before performance of the notarial act (WS 140.007[2][a][1]).

Information on ID requirements for Notaries in other states can be found in The National Notary Bulletin article, “Notary guidelines for accepting or rejecting a signer’s ID.”

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Elaine Dodson

22 Feb 2024

What about Texas

National Notary Association

22 Feb 2024

Hello. Texas Notaries may only accept a current foreign passport as proof of signer identity when the notarization involves a deed or other instrument relating to a residential real estate transaction (1 TAC 87.1[1]).


22 Feb 2024

Would like to know if in the state of Florida this is something we can accept?

National Notary Association

23 Feb 2024

Hello. In Florida, Notaries may accept a foreign passport as proof of identify if it is stamped by the United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services. Please see here for more information:

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