A Notary Public for Ontario has the powers granted by the Notaries Act.
In order to have a document Notarized or have a Notary swear your oath or take your affirmation on a legal document, it is necessary to provide proper photo identification. It is a serious criminal offence to make a false or misleading affidavit or to provide false documents to be notarized.
You may contact a lawyer about notarial or commissioning the following documents:
- Affidavits to be sworn
- Notarized Statements
- Authentication of Documents
- Oaths Commissioned
- Letters of Invitation for overseas visitors attested or sworn
- Copies of Original Documents Notarized
In an effort to reduce fraud arising from identity theft, impersonation, and confidence schemes, The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has imposed on all lawyers and paralegals strict rules that require them obtain from clients original identity documents. All clients seeking legal services, notarial services, or commissions for sworn documents will be required to produce proper original identification such as a driver's license, passport, or other sufficient photo ID. Legal services, notarial services, or commissions of sworn documents will not be provided unless satisfactory identification is produced at the time the service is requested by the client. (Identification, LSO By-Law 7, Part III)
Commissioner for taking Affidavits
A Commissioner for taking Affidavits can prepare affidavits and administer oaths, affirmations, or declarations. All Lawyers and Licensed Paralegals in Ontario are Commissioners for taking Affidavits by virtue of being licensees of the Law Society of Ontario.