Depending on whether you had most of your legal education and practice in Canada or in a foreign country and whether you are a Canadian citizen, a foreigner on a study permit or a permanent resident, there are different documents that you must get notarized as "certified true copy" for submission to prove your legal name and identity. At the end of the application process, you are expected to come before a notary public or commissioner of oaths and be sworn as to the accurate completion of your application.
You should note the list of identifications NOT accepted as documents evidencing your name if you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, being the following:
- Baptismal Certificates
- Birth Registrations
- Indian Status Certificates
- Driver's Licence or
- OHIP and SIN
You MUST ATTEND AT A LAWYER/NOTARY PUBLIC OFFICE and get one of the following ACCEPTABLE documents notarized as certified true copy for your application submission as proof of legal name:
- Canadian Birth Certificate
- Canadian Citizenship Card - both sides
- Permanent Resident Card
- Canadian Certificate of Birth Abroad
- Statement of Live Birth, and/where applicable
- Marriage Certificate showing your maiden name where applicable plus one from the above list.
If you are NOT a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, you MUST ATTEND AT A LAWYER/NOTARY PUBLIC OFFICE and get the following ACCEPTABLE documents notarized as certified true copy for your application submission as proof of legal name:
- Foreign Passports
- Work or Study Permit and/or
- Temporary Resident Visa
Feel free to contact my office via text 647-209-7389 or email email@example.com for all your questions and inquiries into the accreditation and registration processes, and of course to notarize and commission your identification and your application. I am happy to share my experiences and knowledge with you to make the transition into the legal professional an enjoyable one. I always make extra time for students of the legal profession to pick my brain. I will give you honest answers and tips from the registration process, to the exams and how to open your own practice and keep a reputable and good standing status with the regulator.