American Association of Notaries

Florida Notary Bill to Allow Acceptance of Foreign Passport

Bill 228 would allow foreign passport as identification for online notarial duties.


Houston, TX -- (ReleaseWire) -- 02/26/2021 --When performing notarial duties, some states stipulate the types of identification a Notary Public may accept to identify a signer. However, many states allow the Notary to determine which kind of ID is sufficient.

If the Florida Notary Bill 228 is passed, it will allow a Notary performing a notarial act using an electronic record to select the technology and provider used for that act. The Notary will be able to recognize a passport issued by a foreign government as an acceptable form of identification. This includes those passports that do not display an official stamp from the United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services. Additionally, the Bill requires the Remote Online Notary (RON) provider keep an unedited copy of the audio/video recording of the online notarization being performed for their records.

A Florida Notary is permitted to accept a foreign passport if the documentation meets the following requirements:

- Current
- If expired, issued within the past 5 years
- Has an identifying number

About a Notary Public
A Notary Public is appointed by the state government, traditionally the Secretary of State, to officiate as an impartial witness to the signing of important documents. Publicly commissioned to follow specific rules and regulations, Notaries deter fraud and certify proper execution of official documents.

About the American Association of Notaries – Florida Notary

Established in 1994, The American Association of Notaries (AAN) has helped individuals not only become Florida notaries, but supports them in remaining as notaries through education, seminars, and other resources. AAN is a complete supplier of notary bonds, notary errors and omissions insurance, seals, stamps, and all other notary supplies to help notaries fulfill their duties.

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