About The Society

About The Society

The tradition of Notaries goes back over 2000 years — to the dawn of recorded history. Notaries laid down the Codex Hammurabi, the oldest evidence of recorded law. Notaries were also employed by the Catholic Church to guide the light of civilization through the Dark Ages. The Notary’s reputation for trustworthiness meant that documents retained a stable reliability throughout centuries of upheaval.

BC Notaries are governed by the Notaries Act of BC and the discipline of their professional society. Today, the position of Notary as a member of one of the branches of the legal profession is sanctioned and safeguarded by law. BC Notaries are unique in North America, providing non-contentious legal services to the public. 

The Society receives over 1600 application inquiries from the public annually! On average 20 to 25 students per year are selected.

The professional work of a Notary is covered by an insurance plan that protects the public.

The average age of a BC Notary is 43; 55 percent are women. BC’s Notaries reflect many ethnic backgrounds and languages.

Notaries in BC put a high priority on service to their local communities. Over one third are involved in fundraising and social service, over one third in business associations, and more than 30 percent are active in youth sports and recreation.
Documents and Forms
  Title Last Updated
Mission Statement 07-Apr-2009
Services BC Notaries Provide 05-Mar-2012
Complaint Form 06-Apr-2009
Discipline Hearing Reports 11-Jul-2012
Complaint Policy & Procedure 11-Jul-2012
Board of Directors 06-Apr-2009
Direct Contact 06-Apr-2009
Society Standards 11-Jul-2012

About The Society

1220 - 625 Howe Street Box 44, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2T6
  • Phone: (604) 681-4516
  • Fax: (604) 681-7258
  • Toll-Free: (800) 663-0343
  • E-mail: General Inquiries