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What's a Credible Identifying Witness?
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If the Signer is unable to present a Valid state-approved ID card as satisfactory evidence of identity, the signer could be identified through
EITHER *  The Oath or Affirmation of ONE or TWO “CREDIBLE IDENTIFYING WITNESSES”.


A Credible Identifying Witness is an individual who PERSONALLY KNOWS the SIGNER and SWEARS or AFFIRMS to the SIGNER’S IDENTITY.   

Credible Identifying Witnesses should exhibit:  HONESTY, AWARENESS and IMPARTIALITY

ONE CREDIBLE IDENTIFYING WITNESS can be used when the Notary and the Signer have a person that they both know PERSONNALLY.  
This would be a long personal relationship between all three individuals - the Notary the Signer and the Credible Identifing Witness.

TWO CREDIBLE IDENTIFYING WITNESS can be used when the Notary does not know the
Signer or ANYONE else that the Signer knows. 

Credible Identifying Witnesses must swear or affirm UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY to the following: 
The individual appearing before the notary public as the signer of the document is the person named in the document.  
The credible witness personally knows the signer;The credible witness reasonably believes that the circumstances of the signer are such that it would be very difficult or impossible for the signer to obtain another form of identification;The signer does not possess any of the identification documents authorized by law to establish the signer’s identity; The credible witness does not have a financial interest and is not named in the document signed.


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