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Hotline Tip: Can I Accept A 'Matricula Consular' Card As Valid Identification?

A couple recently came to me seeking to notarize a lien. They both have Matricula Consular cards, and the wife has a Mexican Postal Employee ID that includes her eye color, hair color, issue date, photograph, signature, and expiration date. Can I use these as acceptable forms of identification? - M.E., Porterville, California

Neither the Matricula Consular nor the Mexican Postal Employee ID cards are acceptable forms of identification under California law. If your signers do not have a valid ID issued by a U.S. state or government agency, you can accept a Mexican driver’s license, or a Mexican passport, as long as it is stamped by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. The California Notary Public Handbook (page 8) has complete information regarding acceptable identification documents (available on the Secretary of State’s Web site at www.sos.ca.gov.)

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Quiz: The Many Types Of Notarial Acts

Notaries perform many different duties for the public — and it’s easy to lose track of the different acts and what states they’re authorized in. Test your familiarity with common — and uncommon — notarial acts.

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