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 Notaries Act also limits, by law, the number of practising Notaries to 323; it sets out the services that Notaries can provide.
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.