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Posted - 10/12/2018 :  04:07:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
To a large degree, what's acceptable ID depends upon your state's laws on the subject. In my state (AR), there is no 'list of acceptable ID', tho' they do 'recommend' current gov-issued photo ID.
Bottom line is 'it's up to me as to what I will accept' (and that's verbatim from SOS) so, taking that literally, I have (rarely) accepted a very recently expired DL with other supporting documentation as long as competency is unquestionable.

However, because nursing homes contain a segment of the population most at risk for fraud, coercion, unawareness, etc., it behooves us to be VERY careful and thorough. That does mean turning down many, not only for lack of proper ID.

When my services are requested in either a nursing home or hospital setting, I make SURE that the caller(who is usually NOT the signer)
is made aware that in-date photo ID is required as well as clarity of mind or I cannot notarize, but the travel fee will still be due me. Saves me and them a lot of hassle. For that reason alone, many decline my service. OK with me as I'd rather be safe than sorry.

In my state, they do have a unit that will go to them for purposes of obtaining a state ID (non-DL & valid indefinitely)and I do advise callers of that fact. (I'm pretty sure that's a big hassle, too, and probably a long wait, but it is possible.)

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Posted - 10/11/2018 :  09:25:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here is a question?
What types of ID do others accept when called to a nursing home? In most case I have found that patients do not have valid photo ID. & I have to turn them down. I am in New Jersey & in this state we cannot use a credible witness unless both the Patient & witness's know the Notary. Your Thoughts?

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