If someone requires notarization but lacks proper identification, a notary can implement procedure known as identification via the oath of a credible witness.
In some states a notary may rely on the oath of either one or two credible witnesses as a proper form of identity.
Depending on the state, if only one credible witness is used, that credible witness must personally know the signer and be personally known by the notary.
The credible witness must swear the following oath or affirmation:
Even though most states do not require the credible witness to be someone who is not related to the signer, it is a good idea to have the credible witness be someone outside the signer’s immediate family.
This distance in familial relations will not only add to their “credibility” as a witness so to speak, but it will minimize something which the legal community refers to as “the appearance of impropriety”.
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