A certified or notarized copy of a document is a photocopy that we certify as being a true copy of the original document.
To have a copy certified, the authorized person must compare the original document to the photocopy and must print the following on the photocopy:
- "I certify that this is a true copy of the original document"
- the name of the original document
- the date of the certification
- his or her name
- his or her official position or title
- his or her signature
In Canada only the following people are authorized to certify copies:
- a commissioner of oaths
- a notary public
- a justice of the peace