Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)
A Colorado notary must identify the person signing a document by using satisfactory evidence of identification, including a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC). The most common forms of photo ID seen are a driver’s license, non-driver ID, military ID or US passport.
The photo ID must be issued by local, state, federal or tribal government and contain a photo and signature of the person. In states with a seacoast, there will be more sailors and persons that work at sea. One form of photo ID that may be seen in coastal areas is a Merchant Mariner Credential.
See the photo insert for a sample of a Merchant Mariner Credential, issued by the US Coast Guard National Maritime Center.
Colorado is far from the ocean. I have never seen a Merchant Marine Credential, but I have seen a few military IDs for the US Navy.
A Merchant Mariner Credential is one of the forms of Secure and Verifiable ID (SVID) that may be used as satisfactory evidence of identification.
Maritime Law in Colorado
Interestingly, although there is no ocean in Colorado, there are two locations where federal maritime law may apply. Whenever a navigable body of water crosses state boundaries, and the water is used for or may be used for, interstate commercial transportation of freight or passengers, maritime law may apply.
The Colorado River crosses from Colorado into Utah, on its way to the Grand Canyon and beyond. Navajo Reservoir is a large lake in south-central Colorado, that crosses into New Mexico. Both are classified as navigable bodies of water but are not currently used for interstate commerce.
Even though we have no ocean, Colorado has the tallest sand dunes in North America. The dunes at the Great Sand Dunes National Park are in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, near Alamosa, and rise 750 feet from the floor of the San Luis Valley.
So, welcome to Colorado, US Navy, sailors, and merchant marines. Please show your photo ID and we can help to notarize your documents.