Certified True Copy – What is it?

There are two definitions of a certified copy: a traditional certified copy and a certified true copy.

1) A traditional certified copy is a photocopy of a document that is certified by a notary public. Most commonly, we notarize certified true copies of identity documents (ID’s and passports) and diplomas/degrees/certificates related to education credentials.

2) A certified true copy is a copy of a document issued by the government office who originally issued the document.

If you need a certified copy of either document type, you must bring the original document and the photocopy with you to your appointment with the notary public. In general, we do not provide photocopy services in order to simplify our appointment process and avoid printing issues or misunderstandings.

The notary does not require a colour copy of the document in order to make a certified copy. You can bring a black and white photocopy, however first please check with the authority where you will be submitting the certified copy. Often clients are required to make colour copies of originals, as this helps with the authenticity. Note that Notary Pro Canada does not offer assistance with confirming colour requirements for documents.

Notary Pro Canada certifies hundreds of true copies every month. Book your appointment to notarize a certified true copy online now or call 1-888-313-0909.

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