How can I have copies of my identity documents certified?

The person you select to certify copies of your identity documents for the Common Experience Payment application will need to see the original documents, must be a Canadian citizen residing in Canada, must be available to be contacted by Service Canada for verification, and must have known you personally for a minimum of two years.

Only people who work in certain professions can certify copies of your identity documents. We have included a list of people who can certify copies of your identity documents with the CEP application form.

On the copy of the identity document that does not feature a photo, the person certifying the document must include the following statement: "I certify this to be a true copy of the original."

On the copy of the identity document that features a photo, the person certifying the document must include the following statement: "I certify that this is a true copy of the original, and that the image is a true likeness of the applicant. I am a Canadian citizen and have known the applicant personally for at least two years."

The printed name, position, signature, and contact information of the person certifying your documents must appear on all copies, along with the date the documents were certified.

Note: You cannot certify copies of your own identity documents. Service Canada employees cannot certify identity documents.