When it comes to legal matters, having a valid identification document is crucial. This is especially true for notary appointments, as a notary public is required to verify the identity of the signers in order to ensure the authenticity of the documents being notarized.

A couple of weeks ago I met with an elderly couple to sign documents, when I asked for ID the husband handed me a wallet-sized photograph and said “That’s all I have will that work?” A little concerned,  I looked at his wife because on the phone she told me they both had ID. He then handed over his driver’s license and we had a good laugh that he was just teasing me.

So let’s discuss the types of valid ID documents that are accepted for a notary appointment in Washington State.

  • Driver’s License: A driver’s license is one of the most commonly used forms of identification. It contains a photograph of the individual, as well as their name, address, date of birth, and other identifying information. 
  • Passport: A passport is another acceptable form of identification for a notary appointment. A passport is a government-issued document that contains the individual’s photograph, name, date of birth, and other identifying information. It is a widely recognized form of ID, both domestically and internationally.
  • State-Issued ID Card: In Washington State, individuals may obtain a state-issued ID card, which serves as a valid form of identification for notary appointments. These cards typically include the individual’s photograph, name, address, and date of birth. 
  • Military ID: A military ID is a government-issued form of identification that is typically issued to members of the armed forces and their families. This type of ID contains the individual’s photograph, name, rank, and other identifying information. 
  • Tribal ID: Some Native American tribes issue their own tribal IDs, which can serve as a valid form of identification for notary appointments. These IDs typically include the individual’s photograph, name, tribal affiliation, and other identifying information. 

Washington State allows for other government-issued identification that contains the signature or photograph of the individual and is satisfactory to the notary. Also, the ID can be current or expired for less than three years.

Additionally, in Washington, a notary may notarize documents for an individual without identification if they are personally known to them or by the use of a credible witness. The credible witness must be personally known to the notary and the signer, have valid ID and swear an oath that the signer is who they say they are.

I am available to answer questions regarding identification prior to your appointment, please give me a call!


Linda, Precision Notary

Linda Benningfield is a professional mobile notary, loan signing agent, and apostille facilitator living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Linda is also an independent associate for LegalShield / ID Shield providing affordable protection plans to individuals, families, and businesses.

Connect here: linda@precision-notary.com