Who can become a notary public in Ontario?


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Any Canadian citizen whose job requires notarizing documents can become a notary public. According to the Ministry of the Attorney General in Ontario, both lawyers and non-lawyers can apply to become a notary public. A lawyer who is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada can be appointed a notary public after admission to the Ontario Bar. However, only Ontario lawyers practicing in Ontario can apply.

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Applicants whose jobs require them to notarize documents in the Province of Ontario are: senior government officials, Ontario-registered corporations involved in international or inter-provincial trade and commerce, patent and trademark agents, and head offices of national and provincial unions engaged in out-of-province business. Applicants who want to enter a new line of business or employment, or to expand services that are currently available to clients, are barred from appointment as a notary public. A non-lawyer notary public has all the powers of a commissioner for taking affidavits, and he can also verify that signatures, marks and document copies are genuine. A non-lawyer notary public is usually appointed to a three-year term and can apply through the office of the Attorney General. When an applicant submits his completed application, he must pay the required fees: as of 2014, $145 for lawyers, and $110 for non-lawyers.

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