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Certified Copy of Originals means that the copy of the document you submit must be certified true to the original, either by the issuer of the document or a recognized authority from the country or territory where the document was issued.

Certified Copy of Originals is typically required for academic, employment, and government purposes.

Most common certified true documents:

  • Certified Copies of Original Documents

  • Certify Copy of Birth Certificates

  • Certify Copy of Passports

  • Certify Copy of Driver's Licences

  • Certify Copy of Permanent Resident Cards

  • Certify Copy of Marriage Certificates

  • Certify Copy of Divorce Certificates                                   

  • Certify Copy of Death Certificates

  • Certify Signatures

  • Certify Government Forms

  • Certify Copy of Court Order

  • Certify Copies of Powers of Attorney

  • Certify Copies of Probated Will

  • Certify Copy of Academic Transcripts

  • Certify Copy of Diplomas and Degrees

  • Certified of Contracts and agreements

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Can only be notarized in-person, hard copy or printed documents cannot be notarized online.

Instructions for Certifying True Copy of a Document:

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You must have two valid government-issued pieces of identification with a photo and your address. 

Examples of acceptable ID include: Provincial Driver’s License, Passports, Permanent Resident Card, Citizenship Card, First Nations Card, Age of Majority Cards (e.g. the Ontario Photo Card), Health Card (as a second piece of ID only), Government Employee Photo Cards, etc.

Must bring both the original document and the copy of the same document to a Notary Public. 
The original and copy will be compared in great detail by the notary.

After making sure the duplicate is an accurate representation of the original, notary public will validate and certify it by dating, stamping, and signing it. 


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Certified True Copy?

A “Certified True Copy” of a document is a copy of a document that has been certified as being an accurate representation of the original. To make a Certified True Copy of your document, you will need to bring the original document and a photocopy to a Notary Public. The notary will compare the copy to the original and will certify the copy by placing their signature and seal directly on the copy. This type of notarization certifies that the document is a Certified True Copy of the original.

What is the purpose of Certified True Copy?

It is to allow a third party to verify the copies of an official document, in order to confirm that there were no amendments or alterations made that could result in someone misinterpreting the information listed.

Who can certify True Copy?

A licensed and appointed notary public, lawyer, police officer​, Commissioner of Oaths-provided that they have an official government agency appointment and a seal or stamp.

Can you certify true copy remotely?

Unfortunately not, it can only be notarized in-person, hard copy or printed documents cannot be notarized online.

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