There are many lifestyle changes you and your family will experience when reaching a certain age, and one of them will be the type of ID you carry. Some seniors choose not to drive, which means the state driver’s license (the most common form of identification people carry) is no longer an option. Lack of proper ID may become a problem if you required the use of a Notary Public for important documents, most commonly those dealing with real estate or estate planning.
Why can't we use an expired ID?
The purpose of Notarization is to reduce the potential for fraud when executing important documents. Therefore, the Notary Public must have a way to verify identity, ensuring signers are actually who they claim to be. Typically the document signer(s) will not be known to the Notary, so a proper ID is the best way to confirm a persons identity. As many seniors turn to mobile Notary services (which arrive onsite for document execution), it’s extremally important to have a current & valid ID available.
Identification Requirements for Notaries
Per the State of Massachusetts, satisfactory evidence of identity include
What should I do if an ID is expiring soon, or is expired?
We highly suggest keeping passports renewed and current, even if international travel is unlikely. Driver's License's or State Identification cards should be renewed whenever possible by visiting the RMV. If you are a AAA member, you may now renew your driver’s license/ID at a AAA location. For the elderly that are unable to get to the RMV, please visit the State of Massachusetts' website by CLICKING HERE to view information on renewing identification cards. You may be able skip a trip to the RMV by renewing online.