For many, there are two reasons for having valid government issued identification; a license to drive and the ability to travel. But what happens when neither of these reasons is a priority? This issue is a recurring problem. When a senior no longer drives or chooses not to travel, they should apply for a senior citizen’s identification card. However, many people neglect to get an identification card when either their driver’s license or passport expires.
As Jayashree wrote in her May 2013 blog, in order to have a document notarized, the signor must have government issued identification. It is up to the signor to produce identification which complies with California notary rules. When someone lacks proper identification, the signor must produce at least one witness who knows and can identify the signor. Lack of valid identification does not make the obtaining a notary seal impossible, however, it causes additional steps and potentially a delay. These issues are avoidable if you always maintain valid government identification; i.e. identification which references your current name and has valid dates of issuance and expiration.