Preparing Notarized Documents for Authentication

Some types of documents must first be notarized before they can be authenticated. A document may be notarized by either a BC Lawyer or by a BC Notary Public (non-lawyer). Documents that must be notarized prior to authentication include:

  • Certified True Copies, Affidavits, Powers of Attorney, Statutory Declarations, Criminal Record Checks and others
  • Photocopies of any of these documents cannot be authenticated unless they are notarized

Submission instructions:


Documents notarized by a BC lawyer

The OIC Administration Office will accept a document notarized by a BC lawyer only if the lawyer is already on file with the OIC Administration Office. A document that has been riveted with a certificate from the Law Society of BC will also be accepted for authentication.

Submission instructions:

  • Email the OIC Administration Office (see Contact us) to see whether the lawyer is on file with the OIC Administration Office. If the lawyer is confirmed to be on file, you may submit the document directly to the OIC Administration Office for authentication. If the lawyer is not on file, additional instructions will be provided before the document can be submitted for authentication
  • If the document has been riveted with a certificate from the Law Society of BC, you may submit the document directly to the OIC Administration Office for authentication

Documents notarized by a BC notary public (non-lawyer)

A document that has been notarized by a BC notary public must first be sent to the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia (along with the applicable fee).

Submission instructions: