Some notaries are accredited by the Order to serve as identity verification agents (IVA). These notaries are authorized by some government organizations to certify the identity of clients who want keys or certificates (digital signatures) to undertake electronic exchanges with them.

For these government organizations, it is important for the identity certification process for key and certificate holders to be carried out by a trusted person. Several organizations have chosen Québec notaries to verify and certify the identity of their clients, because notaries have the status of public officers. Notaries who are accredited as identity verification agents can be found in every region of Québec working for the following organizations:

Register of Personal and Movable Real Rights
Clients of the Register of Personal and Movable Real Rights who want to submit registration requests to the Register electronically must first obtain a digital signature from the Register’s officer. This signature is issued after verification of the client’s identity by a notary who is an identity verification agent accredited to act for the Register.

Ministère des Ressources naturelles (PRAIF project) and Register of the domain of the State
For several years, the Ministère des Ressources naturelles has been using a computerized process for its annual forest management plan and annual forestry reports (PRAIF).

Forestry engineers who wish to submit their plans and reports electronically must first receive a digital signature from the Ministère de la Justice (MJQ) certification service. This signature is issued after verification of the client’s identity by a notary who is an identity verification agent accredited to act for the Governmental Public Key Infrastructure (GPKI).

The same goes for employees of government departments or public organizations (for example, the regional country municipalities) who have to register rights with the Register of the domain of the State.