The Notary Group

The Notary Group

The Notary Group

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What do I need to bring to my notarization appointment?

October 24, 2013 , , ,

Your document

Firstly, bring the document you need to be notarized. Make sure you bring as many copies as you need to sign, and that you have filled it in. Do not sign it before you come to see the notary!

If you have any questions about the document, please ask the people who gave you the document to answer those questions before you come to the notary’s office. Your notary cannot usually give you any advice on the document ‒ the notary’s role for notarizations is usually to put you under oath, or to verify your identity.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the document is accurate, complete, that you understand what it does, and that it does what you want it to do.

We are not able to provide office services such as faxing or couriering, printing documents from your memory stick, or from your e-mail.

Your ID

Next, bring identification. Bring two pieces of current, valid, undamaged government-issued ID, one of which is a photo ID.

For example, for the first piece of government issued photo ID, you can bring:

  • driver’s licence

  • passport

  • Permanent Resident card

For the second piece of ID, you can bring:

  • care card

  • social insurance card

  • Government of Canada benefits card

  • Firearms Acquisition Card

  • Permanent Resident Card

  • Citizenship certificate

We Cannot Use:

  • broken or damaged ID cards (eg. the health care card that has been in your wallet for the past 20 years and which is in 2 pieces, and your name is worn off)

  • expired ID

  • ID which does not show your full, legal name (eg. your name is Mary Ellen Smith, but your card shows Mary E. Smith, or Mary Smith ‒ both of your IDs must show “Mary Ellen Smith”)

  • the number of the card alone, or a faxed copy of the card ‒ we must see the original card

If you do not have current, valid ID which shows your full legal name, please call ahead to ask about whether we can help you.

Your Instructions

Lastly, bring any instructions or notes you have been given about how the documents should be signed.

If you have any questions, please contact your notary’s office for more information.

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