The Embassy of Canada in Abu Dhabi and the Consulate General in Dubai provide notarial services by appointments only. Notarial services are offered to Canadian citizens, and in some limited cases, to non-Canadian citizens, if the documents are intended to be used in Canada.
Authentication/Attestation: is a certification of the genuineness of the signature and seal of a document. The Embassy of Canada will only stamp the following documents:
- Original seal and signature of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of UAE
- Original seal and signature of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada
For more information, please see handout on authentication of Canadian Documents.
Certified Copies: A true copy is a certified copy of an original document which, when properly marked as such, may be accepted by institutions (banks, governments, courts of law) as being of equal value as the original.
- the client is Canadian or non-Canadian with documents to be used in Canada
- Canadian documents or foreign documents to be used in Canada
- Canadian issued IDs.
Witnessing a signature: is when someone vouches for the authenticity of another’s signature by signing the instrument that the other has signed.
- Written affidavits, statutory declarations and documents to be witnessed must be prepared by the client. Consular officers will not prepare documents.
- The client must sign the document in front of the consular officer.
- Must present a government issued ID to verify signature.
Documents must be in English or French, or accompanied by an official translation in English or French.
Consular Officers do not provide legal advice. A list of several lawyers and law firms are available upon request.
Limitations of notarial services:
The following is a brief list of official documents we do not notarize.
- We cannot verify the client’s identity. Thus documents revealing “Verification of Identity” cannot be done at the Embassy of Canada.
- Documents that mention an agency contract/relationship cannot be notarized by us or any officer of the Government of Canada as we do not enter in this type of agreement. We do not act as “Agents”.
- We cannot sign documents containing a restrictive signature block such as “Notary Public” or a “Commissioner of Oaths”. This prevents us from signing as it is too restrictive in qualification(s). Instead, we are considered as Consular Officers.
However, a document that says “Notary Public, etc.” or “Commissioner of Oaths, etc.” is admissible as we could fall under the “etc.” category.
Moreover, the Embassy of Canada does not provide notarial services for:
- The Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE)
- The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
- The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada
- The National Dental Examining Board of Canada
- The Ottawa Police Service
- The Royal Bank of Canada
- Immigration/visa documents
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