●When         completing         a         certificate         of acknowledgment   or   a   jurat,   a   notary   public   is required   to   certify   to   the   identity   of   the   signer   of the    document.    (Civil    Code    sections    1185(a), 1189, Government Code section 8202) ●Identity    is    established    if    the    notary    public    is presented     with     satisfactory     evidence     of     the signer’s identity. (Civil Code section 1185(a)) ●Satisfactory       Evidence       may       include       (A) Identification,   (B)   the   oath   of   a   single   credible witness,     or     (C)     the     oaths     of     two     credible witnesses.    Most    people    use    identification    to satisfy   the   requirement.   The   oath   of   a   credible witness   is   not   normally   used   because   the   notary must   know   the   witness   and   the   person   who   is getting   the   notary.   If   the   document   signer   does not    have    an    identification,    the    oaths    of    two witnesses   known   to   the   document   signer   can   be used    in    place    of    identification.    The    witnesses need    their    current    non-expired    id's    and    must sign the notary book. under penalty of perjury. Identification Documents Identification   Documents   –   The   notary   public   can establish     the     identity     of     the     signer     using identification   documents   as   follows   (Civil   Code section 1185(b)(3) and (4)): 1.   There   is   reasonable   reliance   on   any   one   of   the following   forms   of   identification,   provided   it   is current or was issued within 5 years: a.   An   identification   card   or   driver’s   license   issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles; b. A United States passport; c.    An    inmate    identification    card    issued    by    the California      Department      of      Corrections      and Rehabilitation,    if    the    inmate    is    in    custody    in California state prison; d.   Any   form   of   inmate   identification   issued   by   a sheriff’s   department,   if   the   inmate   is   in   custody in a local detention facility; OTHER ID'S THAT MAY BE USED     2.    Other    id's    must    contains    a    photograph, description     of     the     person,     signature     of     the person, and an identifying number: (a)    A    valid    consular    identification    document issued     by     a     consulate     from     the     applicant’s country   of   citizenship,   or   a   valid   passport   from the applicant’s country of citizenship; (b)   A   driver’s   license   issued   by   another   state   or by     a     Canadian     or     Mexican     public     agency authorized to issue driver’s licenses; (c)    An    identification    card    issued    by    another state; (d)   A   United   States   military   identification   card (caution:    current    military    identification    cards might not contain all the required information); (e)   An   employee   identification   card   issued   by   an agency   or   office   of   the   State   of   California,   or   an agency   or   office   of   a   city,   county,   or   city   and county in California. (f)   An   identification   card   issued   by   a   federally recognized tribal government.   For   more   information,   visit   the   Secretary   of   State website at Steve