New Notary Legislation in Florida
Advisory: During the 2017 Legislative Session, the Florida Legislature passed a bill that revised Florida
Statute § 117.05 to add a veteran health identification card issued by the United States Department of
Veterans Affairs to the list of acceptable forms of identification. Governor Scott has signed this bill and
the new law will be effective July 1, 2017.
As of July 1, 2017, acceptable forms of identification on which a notary can rely will be:
a. A Florida identification card or driver license issued by the public agency authorized to issue driver
b. A passport issued by the Department of State of the United States;
c. A passport issued by a foreign government if the document is stamped by the United States
Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services;
d. A driver license or an identification card issued by a public agency authorized to issue driver
licenses in a state other than Florida, a territory of the United States, or Canada or Mexico;
e. An identification card issued by any branch of the armed forces of the United States;
f. A veteran health identification card issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs;
g. An inmate identification card issued on or after January 1, 1991, by the Florida Department of
Corrections for an inmate who is in the custody of the department;
h. An inmate identification card issued by the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of
Prisons, for an inmate who is in the custody of the department;
i. A sworn, written statement from a sworn law enforcement officer that the forms of identification
for an inmate in an institution of confinement were confiscated upon confinement and that the
person named in the document is the person whose signature is to be notarized; or
j. An identification card issued by the United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services.
NOTE: This Underwriting Communication is intended for use by title issuing offices, title insurance agents and approved attorneys of First American Title Insurance Company and any reliance by any other person or entity is unauthorized. While the scope of your agency is limited to the functions of underwriting and the issuance of title insurance policies on our behalf and does not include closing or escrow services, we sometimes provide information and recommendations with regard to your ancillary closing or escrow business as a courtesy to you. Moreover, some communications, depending on whether noncompliance could impact on liability under our policies or closing protection letters, should be considered directives. This Communication is being provided to you with those considerations in mind.
* * This UWC should become a permanent part of your records to assure compliance with its requirements. * *