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Can I accept a temporary ID from a signer?

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Are we allowed to accept a signer’s temporary ID from the DMV to notarize a document?K. C., California

No. A temporary ID issued by the California DMV is not an acceptable form of identification for the purposes of notarization. This type of ID does not meet the requirements of CA Notary law to identify a signer.

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17 Apr 2023

I have a question. I"m a notary. Can I notarize with 2 witnesses my husband's notary service request for his business low voltage job permits?

National Notary Association

18 Apr 2023

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.


20 Apr 2023

In California, can a Notary be a witness in a document that they are notarizing? Example, if I notarize a Quit Claim Deed and there’s two witnesses needed, can I also service as a witness as well?

National Notary Association

21 Apr 2023

Hello. In states that don’t provide specific rules, like California, the safest course is for Notaries to turn down requests to notarize and also act as private document witnesses on the same document. Please see this article for more information:


24 Apr 2023

Why are all of these problem solving topics all related to just California??? I'm in ohio. What about showing things bu ohio laws

National Notary Association

26 Apr 2023

Hello. We cover Notary information related to all 50 states. Here are links to some articles related to Ohio Notary issues and news:

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