Opticianry is a regulated health profession. As such, every practicing optician in Ontario (including intern and student opticians) must be registered with the College of Opticians of Ontario.
Applying for a Certificate of Registration: Notarization Requirements
When applying for your Certificate of Registration, some of your supporting documents must be notarized.
- Verification of Your Legal Name: To verify your legal name, you must submit a notarized photocopy (certified true copy) of your current passport or driver’s license. Alternatively, you may submit a notarized photocopy of your birth certificate accompanied by a second piece of identification bearing your legal name, such as your health card.
- Verification of Canadian Citizenship or Immigration status: if you are a Canadian citizen, you must submit a notarized photocopy (certified true copy) of your current Canadian passport. If you are not a Canadian citizen, you must provide evidence of your permanent residency or employment authorization under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, such as a notarized photocopy of your current work permit or permanent resident (PR) card.
- Statutory DeclarationIf you are unable to provide the College with all the documentation requested, you must provide a written explanation as to why you are unable to do so. The registration committee will review your situation and advise you of acceptable alternatives, such as providing the College with a statutory declaration. A statutory declaration is a written summary of facts that you solemnly declare to be true and then sign in the presence of a notary public or commissioner of oaths.
Red Seal Notary can assist you with all your notarization requirements.
For more information on becoming an optician and to obtain a Certificate of Registration application form, click here.
Red Seal Notary Locations
For your convenience, Red Seal Notary has several walk-in locations in Toronto, North York, Mississauga, and Ottawa.
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If you live elsewhere in Ontario, you can usually obtain a same-day or next-day appointment with one of our notary representatives.
To schedule an appointment, please call 1-888-922-7325 or feel free to complete our online appointment request form.
Mobile Notary Services
We understand how busy you are, and if it is not convenient for you to visit one of our offices, Red Seal Notary can come to you.
Please contact one of our friendly customer service representatives at 1-888-922-7325 to hear more about our mobile notary services.
Certified Copies by Courier
For information on how to obtain certified true copies of your supporting documents by courier, please click here.
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