Ever wondered how to legally verify your identity for notarization without a driver’s license?
It’s a common question among many seeking notarization services. Whether you lack a driver’s license or are exploring alternative methods, discovering valid identification options for notarization is essential. Let’s explore the avenues available to securely and legally verify your identity in such scenarios.
As a public officer appointed by the Governor, it is a notary’s duty to be compliant with the Florida Constitution and Florida Statutes.
If you are unable to present a Driver’s License for a notarization, you can use any government-issued identification card that includes ALL of the following:
- Issued from a federal, state, or local government
- Has a photo of you
- Describes your physical appearance
- Has a copy of your signature
- Is currently active/not expired
This includes, but are not limited to a driver’s license, state ID, passport, military ID, veteran ID, inmate ID, etc.
If you are unable to provide a photo ID, don’t fret, there are a few more options:
- Contact a notary public you know personally (not including a parent, offspring, or marital spouse). They can vouch for your identity on a document as ‘personally known’.
- A sworn statement written and presented to a notary by someone they know personally confirming your identity
- Two sworn statements by two witnesses, not known to the notary, can prove their identities. When going this route, the two witnesses must also confirm ALL of the following:
- They know you personally
- You are the one needing to notarize the document
- It is extremely difficult for you to get proof of ID, or that you have no other way of proving your identity
- They do not have any personal gains from the document being notarized
Keep in mind that it is at the discretion of a notary to accept the alternative documents and that by submitting any sworn statements, all parties are bound by the laws that apply. Any false information given to a notary can lead to a civil penalty of up to $5,000 and/or a third-degree felony charge.
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