According to the National Notary Association, notaries are presented with expired IDs more often than you might think. The elderly, disabled, or any person who no longer drives, often has an expired ID. The most common acceptable form of ID s a driver’s license. However, the license must be current. Current means the license has not expired or the issuance date is no more than five years old. As a result, your signature may be notarized.
My mother asked me to notarize her signature; therefore, I asked to see her driver’s license. She was surprised that I couldn’t notarize her signature since I knew her. California does not allow “personal knowledge” as an acceptable form of ID. So, I needed to see her current ID to notarized her signature. Every signer must be identified through one of the forms of ID listed in California Code 1185[b]:
Recently, my client came to my office to sign estate planning documents. When he gave me his driver’s license, I noticed that both the expiration and issuance dates were over five years old. So, I asked for another form of ID per the above list. Since his expired photo ID was his only form of ID, I could not notarize his signature. Also, because I did not know his wife personally, I could not use her as a credible witness. As a result, I was unable to notarize his signature. If you know your signature needs to be notarized in the near future, be sure to check your ID to make this it hasn’t expired.
Looking for a notary? Call Carol Ramirez of In Trust Legal. We are located downtown San Luis Obispo, just one block from the courthouse. If you can’t come to us, we will come to you. Just be sure that you have an acceptable and current form of ID before you call.