Apply for or renew a notary public enrolment

What does a notary do?

A notary public (notary) plays an important role in the completion of documents in Yukon. They administer:

  • oaths;
  • affirmations;
  • affidavits; and
  • statutory declarations.

The Notaries Act authorizes the enrolment of notaries in Yukon and provides notaries with their authority.

The Canada Evidence Act, the Criminal Code of Canada, the Yukon Evidence Act, among other legislation, also governs the work of notaries. Notaries administering documents for use in court must also comply with certain court rules and practice directions.

Types of notaries

The Notaries Act establishes 2 types of notaries:

  • notaries in and for the Yukon enrolled under section 5 of the Act; and
  • government notaries enrolled under sections 15 and 16 of the Act.

Notaries in and for Yukon:

  • must be a Yukon resident;
  • must be a citizen of Canada or have permanent residency status;
  • are enrolled for a term not exceeding five years; and
  • may apply for renewal of their enrolment.

Government notaries:

  • must be a Yukon resident;
  • must be a citizen of Canada or have permanent residency status;
  • can only exercise their authority as a function of their duties as a public servant; and
  • are enrolled without an expiry date, and do not expire unless the notary changes or leaves their job.

Before you apply

Read the Information and Instructions for Yukon Notaries Public booklet. Review the booklet carefully. Printed copies are available at the office of the registrar: Andrew A. Philipsen Law Centre, 2134 2nd Ave (1st floor) in Whitehorse.

Apply to be a notary or renew your existing enrolment

  1. Download and complete an application form.
  2. Attach the required documentation outlined in the Information and Instructions for Yukon Notaries Public booklet.
  3. Submit your application in person: Court Services, Law Centre, 2134 2nd Ave (1st floor) in Whitehorse.
    Mail:
    Government of Yukon
    Registrar of Notaries (J-3)
    Box 2703
    Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6