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Can Notaries accept foreign passports or consular cards as signer ID?

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Can Notaries accept foreign passports or consular cards as proof of a signer’s identity?D.C., Texas

Yes and no. A Texas Notary may accept a foreign passport as proof of a signer’s identity only when notarizing residential real estate transactions. A Texas Notary may not accept a matricula consular card to identify the signer. The relevant law requires IDs to be issued by the federal (U.S.) or state government. A matricula consular card is issued by neither which is why Notaries can’t accept it. See Texas Administrative Code provision (1 TAC 87.1[1]).

Please see our article on unusual signer IDs for information on other state rules regarding Notaries accepting consular identification cards as proof of signer identity.

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michelle hall

24 Jul 2023

Hi, I need information from the California notary.

National Notary Association

24 Jul 2023

Hello. You can find more information on CA Notary identification guidelines here:

Jerry Lucas

24 Jul 2023

There are over 200 countries in the United Nations. Many countries do not use English as an official language and their passports may not include an English translation. Some foreign languages, such as Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Thai, do not use the Latin alphabet. So, the notary may not be able to read a foreign passport in a foreign language. Colorado requires the signer's address to be included in the notary journal entry. But, the address is not shown on the passport.

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