When you need a document notarized, it is the responsibility of the notary to verify your identity to prevent fraud, therefore you will be asked to provide a valid photo ID. So, what is an acceptable ID?


The Washington State notary statutes point out several options for documents that a notary can use to verify a signer’s identity:


  1. A passport
  2. A driver’s license
  3. A government-issued identification card
  4. Another form of government identification that contains the signature or photograph of the individual and is satisfactory to the notary.

A notary can accept any identifying document that is either current or expired for less than three years. Also, note that there is nothing requiring these documents to be from any specific jurisdiction; for example, a signer could use an Oregon driver’s license or a Canadian passport – if it is not more than three years expired.