Beginning January 1st, 2017, there will be three new forms of acceptable IDs when identifying a document signer.
Matricula consular cards issued by Mexican consulates
The only states who currently accept matricula consular cards are Nevada and Illinois. These ID cards are issued to by the consulate in an immigrant’s home country. They are vital documents because they may be the only ID available to immigrants.
Any valid form of passport
Any valid foreign passport can now be lawfully utilized by Notaries even if the passport is not stamped by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Tribal identification cards
Lastly, in an effort to help impoverished Native Americans in rural areas who might have difficulty obtaining other forms of ID, the Tribal Identification cards can now be accepted if they are issued by federally recognized tribal governments.
This widens the scope of the identifying process for Notaries – the most important aspect of a notarization. It also means determining fraudulent ID cards just got a little harder as there are hundreds of countries issuing passports and hundreds of federally recognized Tribes.
We will be publishing tips for accepting these new forms of ID in the coming months so our students can start the new year with confidence. Stay tuned!