What’s the Difference Between a Notary Public and Commissioner of Oaths?

In the province of Ontario, a Notary Public is an officer who is appointed under the law to administer Oaths or Affirmations and witness your signature of documents such as Affidavits, Deeds, Statutory Declarations, and other conveyances. They can verify a person’s identification and confirm that documents are true copies. A Commissioner of Oaths, on the other hand, ensures that an Oath or Affirmation has been administered in accordance with the law. They can certify that the process has been administered properly but they cannot certify that the information is true. Every lawyer in Ontario is considered a Commissioner, however, not every lawyer is a Notary Public.

Do You Offer Online Notary Services?

We offer both in-person and online notary services so you can get your documents notarized quickly and easily. Contact us today to learn more.

Do You Take Emergency Appointments?

We understand that emergency situations arise. If you need an urgent notarization or commission of oaths service, simply call us and we’ll try to accommodate you as best we can.

What Do I Need to Provide?

You will need to bring the following documentation to your appointment:

  • Two pieces of valid identification. One must be a government-issued photo ID such as a driver’s license, passport, citizenship card or permanent resident card. The other could be another photo ID as mentioned or a signed credit card or SIN card. 
  • The document that you need to be notarized. Please fill in all the applicable information before you arrive at the office, but please do not sign the document ahead of time.

What Happens If I Already Signed the Document?

In Ontario, the notary must see you sign the document in person. If it has already been signed you will need to fill in a new copy of the document and bring that one with you to our office to be signed in front of the notary.

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