Notary Public process

If you are a practising lawyer in Nova Scotia, you can apply to be a notary public. A notary can complete a variety of legal processes and documents including administering oaths, taking and receiving affidavits, and certifying photocopied documents to be true copies of the originals.

The Nova Scotia Department of Justice maintains the Roll of Notaries and issues an official “notary scroll”, authorizing a lawyer to act as a notary public. The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society provides administrative support to the Department of Justice by overseeing the application process for Society members.

Please be advised that it can take up to eight weeks for applications to be processed and scrolls to be issued. Lawyers are not permitted to notarize any documents until they have received their scroll. Additionally, neither the Society nor the Department of Justice provides stamps or seals.

Non-practising and retired lawyers can continue to notarize documents and swear affidavits. Generally, your notary commission and your ability to take an oath as a lawyer do not expire unless you resign or are disbarred. 

If you are a practising lawyer in Nova Scotia and you would like to request a notary application, please contact the Education & Credentials department.

If you have any other enquiries, please contact the Department of Justice.