What is the difference between a notary public and a commissioner for oaths?

A notary public typically is regarded as a higher level of witness, so that a notarized document can often be used outside of the province or country where the document was signed. In some cases a notarized document will also have to be legalized or authenticated before it can be used outside of Canada. The recognition of a commissioner for oaths may not extend outside of the province where the document was signed. While a notary is typically a lawyer or other professional, most people can qualify to become a commissioner for oaths.


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