Notary Bulletin

Hotline Tip: What Should I Do If An ID Seems Suspicious?

As a Notary, you're an identity manager. If you sense something suspicious when examining a client's identity document, ask them about the particulars on their ID such as birth date or address. You also can ask to see a secondary ID.

If the client produces a second photo ID, compare the pictures. If the background or clothing are the same, you may have been presented with fraudulent IDs. It's doubtful your signer would be wearing the exact same clothes and be in the exact same background for multiple, legitimate IDs, such as a driver's license or U.S. Passport.

In any case, use your common-sense judgment. If you remain suspicious, refuse to perform the notarization and note why you did so in your journal.

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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.

(A link to the correct answers is provided at the end of the quiz.)

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