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Can a Notary Accept An Expired ID?

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While some states offer clear direction on handling expired IDs, other states do not, which leaves Notaries responsible for determining whether the ID is acceptable. That’s why it’s so important to be familiar with your state’s requirements.
Know Your State's Requirements
Some states only permit Notaries to accept an expired ID if it was issued within a certain time period.
In California, any signer ID allowed under CA law must either be current, or, if expired, must have been issued within the past five years. An expired ID that was issued more than five years prior to the date the notarization takes place may not be accepted. This requirement applies to signer ID presented for both acknowledgments and jurats. 
Florida also permits Notaries to accept expired IDs from a signer provided the expired ID was issued within the past five years and includes a serial identifying number. This includes driver's licenses and ID cards issued by U.S. states and territories, Canada, or Mexico; U.S. passports or foreign passports stamped by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS); U.S. military IDs; veterans health ID cards issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; inmate IDs issued after January 1, 1991 by the Florida Department of Corrections for inmates in custody; U.S. Bureau of Federal Prisons IDs for inmates in custody or ID cards issued by USCIS.
A number of states have adopted the Revised Uniform Law On Notarial Acts (RULONA), which allows an ID to be accepted up to three years after it has expired. If you’re a Notary in Iowa, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon or West Virginia, then you may accept an expired ID that falls within the three-year period.
Thirteen states require Notaries to accept a “current” ID. Pennsylvania, for example, requires a unexpired passport, driver’s license or government-issued nondriver identification card, or another form of government identification which is current. Texas requires an identification card presented by a signer to be current and issued by the federal or state government. One state, Illinois, requires IDs to be valid at the time of the notarial act and Arizona requires IDs to be current and unexpired. Virginia permits individuals who reside in an assisted living facility or nursing home to present an expired United States Passport Book, expired United States Passport Card, expired foreign passport, or expired state-issued driver's license or state-issued identification card for identification, provided that the expiration of such document occurred within five years of the date of use for identification purposes.
So far, this accounts for less than half of U.S. states and jurisdictions. More than half of all states have laws which do not say an ID must be current, valid or unexpired. 
If your state’s Notary laws do not specifically spell out what to do in the case of an expired ID, then the NNA recommends that you make it your professional standard of practice to accept only unexpired IDs. 
If A Notary Cannot Accept An Expired ID
If you’re not allowed to accept an expired state-issued ID, there may be alternatives to identify your signer, but these methods also vary by state. In most cases, a valid, unexpired U.S. passport would be acceptable. U.S. passports are valid for 10 years, typically double that of most driver’s licenses and state IDs. Considering that more than 137 million people, or about half of all U.S. adults, currently hold passports, that is a workable option.
In most states, signers may also be identified through the use of a credible witness, or two, providing that your state laws allow this, and that the witnesses meet all statutory requirements. In Pennsylvania, for example, a credible witness must personally know both the signer and the Notary. Florida, on the other hand, allows the use of two credible witnesses who do not personally know the Notary. In this case, the credible witnesses must present valid, state approved ID to the Notary, and sign a sworn written statement.
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Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Mott Marvin Kornicki  This is very interesting information for everyone 

Oct 17, 2022 10:31 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Mott - interesting.  

Oct 17, 2022 10:58 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Did not know much of this! Thanks for the detailed info 

Oct 17, 2022 12:04 PM
Mott Marvin Kornicki

I keep myself updated on this topic!

Oct 18, 2022 12:31 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
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Enjoyed your blog page, and I added you as a friend. I would love the follow back. Bill

Oct 17, 2022 01:14 PM
Mott Marvin Kornicki

Will Do!

Oct 18, 2022 12:30 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That is very interesting. I would have thought all states would require a valid and up-to-date ID. It's surprising to find out that's not true.

Oct 18, 2022 05:47 AM
Mott Marvin Kornicki

I agree, seems like lots of folks don’t update their ID

Oct 18, 2022 12:30 PM