Authentication

What is Authentication?

Authentication is when the Ontario government certifies that the notary public’s seal and signature appearing on a notarized document is that of a licensed and appointed notary public in and for the province of Ontario.

In some cases, usually if the document is to be used in a foreign country, it may be necessary to have the notary’s seal and signature verified (authenticated) by either the Ontario’s Ministry of Government Services  or the Canadian Government’s Global Affairs Canada.

The Ontario Government maintains a database of all individuals who are authorized as notaries public in Ontario.

You should check whether you require an independent authentication of a notary’s seal and signature with the individual or organization that has requested your notarized document.

Can a Notary Public Apostille Documents?

No.  Canada is not a signatory to the international treaty that allows for the apostilling of documents. The Canadian alternative to apostilling documents is to have the notary public’s seal and signature authenticated and then legalized by the foreign consulate. See Apostille in Canada for more information.

Featured Notaries Public


Toronto Notary Public

Queen & McCaul

Downtown Toronto Notary Public

Lani Gozlan
61 McCaul Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2W7
Canada

Close to Public Transit, Close to Subway, Open Daytime, Open Late.

Vaughan Notary Public

HWY 400 & Steeles Avenue West

Varinder Gaur
3800 Steeles Ave W
Suite 310
Vaughan, Ontario L4L 4G9
Canada

Close to Public Transit, Close to Subway, Free Parking, Open Daytime, Open Weekends.

Toronto Notary Public

Yonge & Eglinton

David Mrejen
2300 Yonge Street
Suite 1600
Toronto, Ontario M4P 1E4
Canada

Close to Public Transit, Close to Subway, Open Daytime, Open Late, Open Weekends.