The Notary Group

The Notary Group

The Notary Group

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What to Bring to Your Signing Meeting ‒ Buying or Selling a Home

October 27, 2013 , , ,

Your ID

First, bring identification. Bring two pieces of current, valid, undamaged government-issued ID, one of which is a photo ID. If you are getting a mortgage, ask the conveyancer who makes your appointment with you if there are any other requirements for the kind of ID you must have. Some lenders require very specific kinds of ID.

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

  • driver’s licence
  • passport
  • Permanent Resident card

For the second piece of ID, you might bring:

  • social insurance card
  • Government of Canada benefits card
  • Firearms Acquisition Card
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Citizenship certificate
  • some (not all) banks will let you use a BC Care Card

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 how we can help you.

Other Information or Documents

If the conveyancer who made your appointment with you asked you to bring any other information or documentation (such as the contact information for your insurance company, or an original Power of Attorney), please bring that with you as well.

If you have any questions, please contact your notary’s office for more information – you can look on our website for your notary’s contact information.

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