Preparing BC Notarized Documents for Authentication

Examples of notarized documents include:

BC Criminal Record Check, Statutory Declaration, Power of Attorney.

  • The document must be signed, dated and sealed by a BC Notary Public (BC lawyer or BC non-lawyer) who is already on file with our office to avoid delays.
  • Documents must be notarized (signed, dated and sealed) by the notary in their capacity as a notary, not in their capacity as a commissioner or other non-notary designation. Documents signed or sealed in their capacity as a commissioner or other non-notary designation will not be authenticated.

See below for samples of a notary signature and seal, and provincial authentication (notary):

Notary signature and seal:

Sample image of a notary seal and signature

Provincial authentication (notary)

Provincial authentication of notarized documents in British Columbia

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Contact the embassy or consulate to determine what is needed. Note that you are solely responsible for ensuring that an embassy or consulate will accept the documents in the format authenticated.
  2. If documents must be notarized before authentication, find out which lawyers or notaries are already on file with us.
  3. Complete authentication request form.
  4. Include authentication fee ($30 per document)
  5. If you would like documents returned to you or sent to a different address by courier, please follow these instructions.
  6. Mail or courier to PO Box 9280 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, BC, V8W 2C5 or leave in dropbox in lobby at 1001 Douglas Street during business hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm) Monday to Friday. *Reminder that there is no walk-in or while-you-wait service.