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 Sworn
- Notarized Statements
- Witnessing 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 Upper Canada (LSUC) 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, LSUC By-Law 7, Part III)