Mobile Identification & What that Means for your Notary Business

What is mobile Identification? 

If you don’t live in Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Iowa, Oklahoma, Utah or Wyoming, you might not be privy to this new practice. Due to the pandemic, a lot has changed, including a surge in mobile notary businesses, virtual meetings, and testing new technology that would allow life, and business, to continue as usual no matter what safety measures might come into place.

As a notary, being prepared to pivot your business will allow you to stay up and running and generate income, even during uncertain times. So let’s dive into mID (mobile ID), the benefits, and what it could look like for your business.

Mobile Identification facial recognition

You’re used to verifying a signer’s identification through physical methods like a Driver’s Licence, Passport, PR Card, Citizenship Card, or another state-issued ID card. With mID, your client could either show you a physical copy, and you could use an app to verify the legitimacy through the DMV, or they could pull up a digital version of their ID. This digital method can come with understandable hesitations, so the development of these systems ensures that there is a trusted app through a government entity that would reinforce the accuracy of the validity of the mobile document.

For example, an excerpt taken from states, “Using the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) mID implementation as an example, the driver’s license instead must be installed using ADOT’s official app, and the individual must verify their identity, including passing a facial scan comparing a selfie and the photograph on the person’s ID, before the agency provisions the mID in the app on the person’s mobile device.”

Digital Documents

Digital documents can be an efficient way to handle business when navigating a world where people are putting health and safety at the forefront. A quick scan could tell you everything you need to know about a person’s identity and help you get on with your process. It’s also significant in a world where by 2025, 60% of the world’s population will use mobile wallets.

mobile identification and digital documents

So, if you want to keep up with the digital times, it might be best to test out some new technology strategies to gauge how you can update your systems. Of course, it’s up to you whether you feel comfortable adapting to mIDs or if you prefer to check physical documents. Even states that have approved mIDs are leaving it up to professionals to decide how they accept and implement the process into their practice. Remember that a mobile ID isn’t just an image of someone’s Driver’s Licence but a digital document requiring verification through a trusted third-party app, which might give more notaries peace of mind.

What do you think about the new mobile identification processes? Do you think you could integrate them into your business model? If you want to find out more about Notary Public best practices and ways that you can stay ahead as a Notary Public in your state, check out our other blog posts at

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