NotarizationsAccording to the Society of Notaries Public of BC website, "the tradition of Notaries goes back over 2000 years - to the dawn of recorded history. Notaries laid down the Codex Hammurabi, the oldest evidence of recorded law. Notaries were also employed by the Catholic Church to guide the light of civilization through the dark ages. The Notary's reputation for trustworthiness meant that documents retained a stable reliability throughout centuries of upheaval."
In BC, Notaries are governed by the Notaries Act of BC and are unique as they sanctioned by law to provide non-contentious legal services to the general public.
As a Notary Public, Vicki sees hundreds of different types of documents that require notarial services. Notarizing documents is at the heart of
what a Notary Public does. Some documents that may require a notarial services include but are not limited to:
- Certified True Copy of an Original Document ( e.g. birth certificate, marriage certificate, death certificate, a will etc. )
- Unregistered Vehicle Declaration for ICBC ( e.g. ATV, boat trailer, trailer, car, motorbike, etc. )
- Insurance Loss Declaration
- Health Care Declarations
- Travel Consent Forms for Minors ( we can provide you with a blank form to complete and return to sign with the Notary )
- Statutory Declarations
- Affidavits for All Documents required at a Public Registry within BC
- Proof of Identity for Travel Purposes
- Real Estate documents from other cities and provinces
- Letters of Invitation for Foreign Travel
AppointmentsWe try our best to accommodate walk-in notarial services and urgent requests, however appointments are strongly recommended. If the Notary
is busy with clients, we don't want to keep you waiting.
Identity RequirementsPlease bring 2 pieces of valid, government-issued ID with you. One of these ID's must contain your photo. Examples of acceptable ID's include a
driver's license, Nexus, Passport, SIN card, or Health Care card.
Authentication of International DocumentsTo facilitate the use of documents internationally and to prove their authenticity to foreign governments, the BC ( and Canadian ) government
requires that a special protocol be followed. This process is called "authentication" ( or sometimes, legalization ) and is similar to an "Apostille"
required in many foreign countries. The authentication process can be quite lengthy and may involve the services of a translator, in addition to
Examples of documents requiring authentication may include but are not limited to:
- Adoption papers
- Birth Certificates
- Custodianship Declarations
- Death Certificates
- Diplomas and Degrees
- Divorce Decrees
- Executor Affidavits on Probate Applications
- High School Report Cards
- Incorporation Papers
- Marriage Certificates
- Patent Applications
- Powers of Attorney
- School Transcripts
- Witnessing of Life Certificate for International Pensions