What is a Notary Public?
A notary public (or notary) is a public officer authorized by law to serve as an impartial witness to reduce the risk of fraud related to the signing of documents. It is the notary public's duty to verify the identity of the party signing the document.
What are the steps in notarizing a document in Ontario?
1) The party seeking to have their document notarized must appear in person and provide valid identification.
♦ Please see our blog titled "COVID 19: Virtual Commissioning in Ontario", where we discuss the recent rules regarding virtually/remotely notarizing documents.♦
2) A notary public will examine the document for any blanks, and ensure the party understands and can attest to what he or she is about to sign.
3) The party will then sign the document while the notary public witness's it
4) Once the document is signed, the notary public will affix their stamp or seal to the document thus completing the notarization of the document.
What documents do you notarize?
The following is a non-comprehensive list of notary services we provide: