Do you have a legal document to submit abroad? Do you need to have a notary’s signature authenticated?

The Secretary of the Order is the person authorized to certify the original signature of a notary, whether a current member or a former member of the Chambre des notaires du Québec, on a document (notarized or not). An Authenticity Certificate is then attached to the document.

Authenticity Certificate

The Authenticity Certificate confirms not only that the notary’s original signature on a notarized or non-notarized document is the same as the one registered with the Secretary of the Order, in compliance with the Notaries Act, but also establishes the status of the notary.

Quality Certificate

The Quality Certificate establishes that a person is a practising notary duly entered on the roll of the Ordre des notaires du Québec. The Quality Certificate can also establish that the person in question used to be a notary or that he or she never was.

How to obtain an authenticity or quality certificate

  1. 1

    Fill out the Application for Certification form

    To fill out the form, download it here (french).

    If you have any questions, please contact:

    The Certificate Officer
    By phone:
    514-879-1793, Ext. 5640
    1-800-263-1793, Ext. 5640
    Or by email:
    service.certificats@cnq.org

  2. 2

    Send your application form and the documents to be certified to the Chambre des notaires at the following address:

    Chambre des notaires du Québec
    Attention: Certificate Officer
    101-2045 Stanley Street
    Montréal, QC  H3A 2V4

    Basic price:

    • $57 (plus taxes) per certificate
    • $30 (plus taxes) as of the fifth certificate in the same file

    Only applications from members of the Order may be entered in the notary’s monthly statement of account.

    Payment methods:

    • Mastercard or Visa
    • Certified cheque or money order

IMPORTANT – Additional certification Please note that your document may require additional certification by the embassy or consulate of the country where it will be sent. As Canada has not acceded to the Hague Apostille Convention, a document to be produced abroad may require certification by a variety of authorities. It is recommended that you seek information about the formalities from the authorities in question.