What is a Notary Public?
A notary is a sworn public servant who follows strict guidelines in identifying a person. They serve as an impartial witness in taking acknowledgments, administering oaths, affirmations and performing other acts authorized by California law. Unless a Notary Public is a licensed attorney, they may not give legal advice.
Acceptable IDs for California Notarizations
California stipulates exactly what types of identification a Notary Public may use to identify a signer. Effective January 1, 2008, a Notary may rely on any of the following types of identification.
All identifying documents must include or comply with the following information:
Some of the commonly presented but unacceptable sole forms of identification are as follows: