Types of Documents That Can be Authenticated

Government of British Columbia Documents

  • B.C. government documents issued by the Vital Statistics Agency after 1985, such as original (long-form) birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, marriage licenses, marriage search certificates or Supreme Court documents (divorce), may be sent directly to the OIC Administration Office for authentication.
  • The government office that holds an original government document (such as the Supreme Court or the registrar of companies) can provide you with a certified true copy of an original document. These documents can be sent directly to the OIC Administration Office for authentication.  Corporate Registry/BC Registry Services/Registrar of Companies documentation obtained online that does not bear the Registrar’s seal imprint should be accompanied by the online receipt or be notarized.
  • Wallet-sized and plasticized certificates cannot be authenticated. Photocopies of any of these documents, unless notarized (see below), cannot be authenticated.

Educational Documents

  • The following educational documents can be authenticated:
    • A secondary school graduation certificate from a public school, signed by the superintendent of the applicable school district
    • A secondary school graduation certificate from an independent school, signed by the inspector of independent schools
    • A Grade 11 or 12 transcript issued by the Ministry of Education, and
    • A transcript issued by a public post-secondary institution and signed by the registrar of the institution.
  • Documents issued by private educational institutions, such as language schools, cannot be authenticated unless they are notarized (certified as true copies) by a B.C. lawyer or B.C. notary public.

Documents Notarized by a B.C. Lawyer or B.C. Notary Public

  • Original documents may be taken to a lawyer or notary public to be notarized. The signature of the lawyer or notary public can be authenticated by the OIC Administration Office.
  • Photocopies of original documents can be authenticated, but only after they have been notarized by a lawyer or notary public. The office can then authenticate the signature of the lawyer or notary public.
  • After a lawyer or notary public notarizes documents, such as statutory declarations and powers of attorney, the OIC Administration Office can authenticate the signature of the lawyer or notary public.

Note: Police criminal record checks must be notarized, originals cannot be authenticated.

Useful Contacts

If you require assistance, please contact the Order in Council Administration Office at the phone number and email address below:

Telephone: 250 387-4376

Email: BCAuthentication@gov.bc.ca

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