A: Section 121.005 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code governs the type of ID that can be accepted by the notary public.
Sec. 121.005. PROOF OF IDENTITY OF ACKNOWLEDGING PERSON.
(a) An officer may not take the acknowledgment of a written instrument unless the officer knows or has satisfactory evidence that the acknowledging person is the person who executed the instrument and is described in it. An officer may accept, as satisfactory evidence of the identity of an acknowledging person, only:
(1) the oath of a credible witness personally known to the officer;
(2) a current identification card or other document issued by the federal government or any state government that contains the photograph and signature of the acknowledging person; or
(3) with respect to a deed or other instrument relating to a residential real estate transaction, a current passport issued by a foreign country.
(b) Except in a short form certificate of acknowledgment authorized by Section 121.008, the officer must note in the certificate of acknowledgment that:
(1) he personally knows the acknowledging person; or
(2) evidence of a witness or an identification card or other document was used to identify the acknowledging person.
Underwriting Note: The Mexican Matricula Card is not an acceptable form of identification for notarization of an acknowledgment. Please contact the underwriter and lender to determine if a jurat may be substituted for the acknowledgment on the pertinent document since the form of acceptable ID can vary.
In the event that an oath of a credible witness is being utilized for identification purposes, the witness should personally know the signatory (person executing the document) as well as the notary and an affidavit should be obtained from the witness to confirm that they personally know the signatory and notary public.
Florida Statute 117.05 requires that a notary personally know or has satisfactory evidence that the person whose signature is to be notarized is the individual who is described in the instrument and who is executing the instrument. Florida law further requires that the notary certify the specific type of identification upon which the notary reviewed. The following forms of identification are acceptable:
If the identification enumerated above is not current, the identification may still be relied upon so long as it was issued within five years from its reliance. It is important to note, there are additional requirements not discussed pertaining to notarizations taking place through remote on-line notarization.
In Colorado acceptable forms of ID really vary from underwriter to underwriter. Some underwriters are stricter than others. The general consensus is that an unexpired government issued photo ID is acceptable.