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Members of the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia are appointed for life by Royal Decree. Their traditions go back to the early days of history when Notary Public were the principle agents for almost all commercial and judicial records. The role of the Notary has not changed a great deal through the centuries.

The tradition of Notaries goes back over 2000 years — to the dawn of recorded history. Notaries laid down the Codex Hammurabi, the oldest evidence of recorded law. Notaries were also employed by the Catholic Church to guide the light of civilization through the Dark Ages. The Notary’s reputation for trustworthiness meant that documents retained a stable reliability throughout centuries of upheaval.

Notaries Public do not participate in litigation or argue cases before a judge. The activities of Notaries Public are restricted to non-contentious matters where the parties involved are in agreement.

Notaries Public are trustees and qualified professionals who have earned the public’s confidence through their performance in various specified areas of law:

  • Wills
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Adult Representation Agreements (Health Directive)
  • Conveyancing; Property Transfer Documents
  • Mortgages
  • Certified True & Authentication of Copies
  • Residential Leases
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Statutory Declarations
  • Administration of Oaths
  • Letters of Consent to Travel for Children
  • Proof of Identity for Travel Purposes
  • Liens
  • Mobile Homes
  • Bills of Sale
  • Chattel Mortgages
  • Commercial Leases
  • Affidavits
  • Attestations of Signatures
  • Marriage Licences for British Columbia
  • International Documentation

What Services Can a BC Notary Provide?

  • Affidavits for All Documents required at a Public Registry within BC
  • Authorization of Minor Child Travel
  • Business Purchase/Sale
  • Certified True Copies of Documents
  • Commercial Leases & Assignment of Leases
  • Contracts and Agreements
  • Easements and Rights of Way
  • Estate Planning
  • Execution/Authentications of International Documents
  • Health Care Declarations
  • Insurance Loss Declarations
  • Letters of Invitation for Foreign Travel
  • Manufactured Home Transfers
  • Marine Bills of Sale and Mortgages
  • Marine Protestations
  • Mediation
  • Mortgage Refinancing Documentation
  • Notarizations/Attestations of Signatures
  • Passport Application Documentation
  • Personal Property Security Agreements
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Proof of Identity for Travel Purposes
  • Purchaser’s Side of Foreclosures
  • Representation Agreements
  • Residential and Commercial Real Estate Transfers
  • Restrictive Covenants and Builder’s Liens
  • Statutory Declarations
  • Subdivisions and Statutory Building Schemes
  • Will Preparation
  • Will Searches
  • Zoning Applications