- Front and back of a government-issued ID that is current & valid and has the signer’s signature and photograph.
- At least two current documents issued by an institution, business entity, or federal or state government with at least the individual’s signature.
- Personal knowledge by the notary.
- The oath or affirmation of a witness personally known to both the individual and notary.
- The oath or affirmation of two witnesses who know the individual personally and provide identification that meets the requirements of #1.
For electronic notarizations, a third party, typically the NYS DOS-approved vendor, will verify each signer’s identity using credential analysis and/or identity proofing. Credential analysis is a process where a third-party service validates a government-issued identification presented by an individual through a review of public and proprietary data sources. Identity proofing is a process or service through which a third party confirms the identity of a signer through review of personal information from public and proprietary data sources.
The bottom line: Credential analysis validates the authenticity of the principal’s government-issued identification, and identity proofing validates the identity of the individual principal.