Notarizations cover a number of verifications for documents that can be done by a Notary Public. These can include witnessing a signature, verifying a certified true copy, or attesting to the validity of a signature. A Notarization verifies the document is accurate, and that any signatures were witnessed.
There are a few dozen types of documents that may have to be notarized in Canada for various reasons – everything from birth certificates and adoption papers to Death Certificates and Burial Permits, as well as a variety of business, travel, and trade documents. These can also include Certified True Copies, Mortgage documents, Travel Letters, or Letters of Invitation.
If you need a signature witnessed, you will need two pieces of ID, one of which must be government-issued (BC Drivers Licence, Passport, BC ID) and another can be a Social Insurance Card or a major credit card. If we are notarizing a signature, please ensure you wait until you are in front of the notary before you sign so that the notary can verify that they have witnessed the signature. The notary will confirm whether you understand the document you are signing. When you sign a document in front of the notary, it is considered to be the same as if you swear an oath in a court. In other words, you will confirm that the information in the document is true and correct.
At Uptown Notaries, we can Verify or Notarize a wide variety of documents when needed by our clients. Please keep in mind that we will not notarize or witness separation agreements, and we ask you to seek a lawyer’s advice.
Conveniently located on North Road on the border between Coquitlam and Burnaby, we regularly serve clients in Burnaby, Coquitlam, Tri-Cities, and New Westminster. Please feel free to call our office today if you have any questions or to make an appointment to have your documents notarized.