We are often asked what sort of ID we require in order to notarize your documents. In most cases we only require one piece of valid government-issued identification with your photo on it. Here’s how we break that down:
Valid - This means that the ID is not expired. And is intact. Broken or torn ID is not valid.
Government-Issued - This means that was issued by a government. Therefore, for example, credit cards are not sufficient ID (because they are no issued by a government nor do they contain a photo). Student ID is also not sufficient, because it not issued by a government. That said, it does not have to be the Canadian government. For example, we will accept a non-Canadian passport as ID.
Photo - The ID must bear a photo of you on it that resembles you. If the image on the ID does not resemble you, we cannot use it. This is an issue with old ID that contains an outdated photo of you. This is sometimes the case with Canadian citizenship cards as they do not expire.
Sometimes your form, document, lawyer, or third party, will require us to check more than one piece of ID. Please note this is not our requirement, it’s a requirement created by the person, organization, or government that is requesting your document. So please check your documents carefully prior to attending our office and if you find that two pieces are required, bring two pieces of ID.