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What forms of ID are acceptable?

A document signer may present one of the following identification documents as satisfactory evidence to a Oregon Notary;

  • A current drivers license or identification card issued by any U.S. State
  • A U.S. passport book or card or a officially recognized passport of a foreign country
  • A current U.S. military identification card.
  • A current identity card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe.
  • Current ID issued by the U.S. Federal government or a state, county, municipal or other local government containing a photograph, signature, and physical description.


What if I don't have an acceptable ID?

The oath of affirmation of a personally known credible identifying witness or the Notary has personal knowledge of your identity.


What is a Credible Witness?

A credible identifying witness must be personally known to the Notary, and the document signer should be personally known to the credible identifying witness. There should be a "chain" of personal knowledge linking the Notary to the credible witness and the signer.


What is a Jurat?

Jurat is Latin for "to swear". A Jurat is a notary act that requires the signer to swear under oath that the statement in the notarized document is true and correct. The signer must additionally sign the document in the presence of the notary public for a Jurat. 


Can I get a copy of my birth certificate notarized?

NO, While Oregon notaries are certified to notarize copies, they are specifically prohibited from certifying copies of documents that are either public records or publicly recordable. Only an officer in the Bureau of Vital Statistics should certify a copy of a birth certificate. The same applies for death certificates.


Can I have a photograph notarized?

No. To simply stamp and sign a photograph is improper. A Notary's signature  and seal must appear only on a notarial certificate accompanying a written statement signed by another person. However, a signature on a written statement referring to an attached or accompanying photograph may be notarized; if the photograph is large enough, the statement and notarial certificate might even appear on its reverse side.


Do I need to sign a document in the Notaries presence?

Yes and No. Documents requiring Acknowledgments normally do not need to be signed in the Notary's presence. However, the signer must appear before the Notary at the time of the notarization to acknowledge that he or she freely signed for the purposes stated in the document.


Can I have a will notarized?

It depends. A Notary should only notarize a will if clear instructions and a notarial certificate are provided. If the signer of the will is relying on the Notary for advice on how to proceed, the Notary should tell the individual to consult with an attorney.

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